- Jun 14, 2012
When the Red Sox went up 3-0 against the Cardinals before finishing the WS sweep in St Louis in 2004, those fans were very congratulatory and cordial towards Bostonians there. (Remember, the Cards defeated the Bosox for that title in 1946 and 1967.)Yeah, the Indians shouldn't feel down on themselves. I remember when my team, the Mets swept the Cubs last year, and Cubs fans were devastated about the quick exit, and even a lot of the more optimistic Cubs fans were ready to give up on any chance of them ever winning the whole thing. Here they are a year later, and not only defeat the Dodgers and Giants, but come back to win after being down 3-1 in this one with the last 2 on the road. Cleveland could easily do the same thing in the next year or two. Also, yeah, a lot of class all around, it was a great night to be a baseball fan. I think I've enjoyed baseball more the last 5 years than at any time since I was a kid.
There's a civility which was lacking a few decades ago. With the season and WS cancellation in 1994 followed by the PED scandals, MLB didn't have room for much more error.
Did you notice that when past great Cubs players like Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, and Ron Santo were repeatedly mentioned that Sammy Sosa was very conspicuously excluded from that company? I didn't hear his name once, and for me that was a welcome exclusion. (Mark Trumbo topped out at a believable 47 HR for the AL Orioles, Arenado and Carter tied with an expectable 41 each in the NL for this year. HR numbers like 66, 64 & 63 for Sosa over 15 years ago? Really? I'm glad mention of him was frozen out of last night.)