Mess up Monday: Jose Mesa

1997 World Series: Game 7

The worst of all Cleveland sports mess ups….Game 7 of the 1997 World Series. The series was tied 3-3 with the deciding game in Florida. The Marlins had a talented “rent a team”, while the Tribe maintained their 90’s dominance.

The Indians held a 2-0 lead into the 7th inning, when Bobby Bonilla launched a solo shot into the stands to make it a 2-1 ballgame. The Indians failed to cash in on insurance opportunities, but they held a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the 9th.

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The Commissioner’s trophy was wheeled into the clubhouse, and the plastic covers were setup to protect the lockers from the champagne spray. Veteran closer, Jose Mesa, came in to slam the door, and the Tribe won their first World Series since 1948. Oh wait, that was the wrong dimension. In our world, we were 2 outs away and Mesa gave up the lead and allowed the Marlins to tie the game. Sorry for that mix up.

The game stayed tied 2-2 into the bottom of the 11th. Charles Nagy came in to try and keep the ship afloat. But the ship sank once Edgar Renteria’s bloop single dropped into center field like Lucifer’s hammer en route to wipe out a whole civilization of Philistines.

Since then, we have seen another game 7, and even more heartbreaks. This one, however, tops them all. Thanks a lot Jose.

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As Always, GO TRIBE

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Author: Drew Thirion
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