THE GAME: World Series. Game 7.
Last night was the seventh time in the last 25 years that the World Series has gone to a Game 7. And I can remember where I watched all of them. Other than 2002 - when the Angels won - it's always a bittersweet moment: Game 7s are full of excitement, but lingering in the back of your mind is the realization that baseball is about to disappear for five months.
All I was in the mood for last night was to sit down in front of the TV with some good food and watch every single pitch.
NOTES ON THE FOOD:
- My local butcher makes the best meatloaf I have ever had. So I formed a couple of small rounds and baked them in the oven for 45 minutes.
- I glazed one with a whiskey pepper steak sauce and added homemade slaw and a mustard barbecue sauce
- The other slider received Ballymaloe "Gourmet Irish Ketchup with Stout," sweet & spicy jalapeno relish, and crispy garlic-pepper onions.
- They were so freaking good that I considered making a third, but instead I just ate some fries as well.
NOTES ON THE GAME:
- I had written the first bullet point, a fairly long ramble about all the reasons this series hasn't been very exciting by the standards of a typical seven-game series. Not a lot of dramatic plays, no great starting pitching performances, and only a couple of close games.
- In the 8th inning I highlighted everything I had written and deleted it. Never fun to do, but that's the price you pay when you try to get a head-start. It ain't over 'til it's over.
- In short: the last three innings of Game 7 made up for the 61 innings that had preceded them.
- Chapman did not look very good. I guess that's why you shouldn't use your closer in Game 6 when you're up by 5 runs?
- I have never seen more anguished looks on the faces of fans in a tie game than those on Indians fans at the ballpark last night in the 9th inning.
- I attended the 1994 Rose Bowl Game, when tens of thousands of UCLA fans had sold their tickets to Wisconsin fans and we were outnumbered by what felt like 10-1. The crowd last night had a similar look and feel. I don't remember ever watching a World Series game where the visiting team had so many fans.
- A rain delay in extra innings of Game 7 of the World Series? Even nature wanted this game to last as long as possible.
- The composite boxscore: 27 runs, 61 hits for the Cubs; 27 runs, 55 hits for the Indians. They could have made this a best-of-17 series and it would've ended in extra innings of the 17th game.
- So, in this century, I saw the Angels win after 41 years. And then the Red Sox win after 86 years (and then win two more). And the White Sox win after 88 years. And now, finally, the Cubs have won after 108 years.
- Damn, 149 days until Opening Day. This sucks.