Wow. Wasn't that fun?
Just finished watching the Tribe take it to the Angels tonight.
If you're anything like me you ask yourself nightly, Why am I still watching these guys?
The games mean nothing for this season.
And, as we've learned the hard way time and again in the Wedgie years, what's happening now probably won't mean a heck of a lot for next year either.
But, we keep watching because nights like tonight keep the flicker of hope alive within us.
It's easy to picture Justin Masterson slicing up one of the game's best offenses next year, with a huge assist in a tight spot from Tony Sipp.
Sounds like a formula for a lot of wins in 2010, doesn't it?
And then there was that sixth inning, with everyone contributing - top to bottom.
The vets on the club contributed - with Travis Hafner doubling with two guys on, driving in one of the runs and later scoring on a sacrifice fly. He added an RBI single a couple of innings later.
You can just see Hafner, his shoulder in much better shape, knocking in runs in bunches next year.
Jhonny Peralta had three hits, with Sizemore, Cabrera and Choo each contributing two. Even Andy Marte had two hits, though one was a checked swing roller.
Matt LaPorta 2.0, making his first appearance since being recalled, had a key hit in the heart of the seven-run sixth, knocking in two and adding another ribbie later. And can't you just see LaPorta at the heart of many a rally next year?
It's hardly an every-night occurrence, this team hitting on all cylinders. But it has been happening more lately.
On the surface, Tribe fans - me especially - are curmudgeons and pessimists. But the truth is, with me - and I'm betting with you - way down deep inside we still believe that some day, some way, we will make it to the promised land and it's nights like this that contribute to what some might consider a delusion.
Why else would we be watching and then writing or reading about it when it's over?
(Full disclosure: I did spend an awful lot of time in the hot sun today.)