INDIANS BEAT YANKEES!!!

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  1. deedee

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    CLEVELAND – Even before Gen. Moses Cleaveland arrived here in 1796 and first surveyed what would become a delirious baseball town on the shores of Lake Erie, residents occasionally had to deal with swarms of gnat-like insects called midges, which descend in vicious waves from Canada and overwhelm just about any warm body.

    Friday, in an eighth inning of a game where the Cleveland Indians couldn't swat a fly if it meant pushing a run across the plate, the midges arrived unannounced and landed, seemingly all at once, on Joba Chamberlain's neck.

    Or they danced in front of the normally unflappable New York Yankees reliever's face. Or they buzzed his ears, got in his eyes, nose, mouth and psyche.

    "It was like blankets of stuff out there. They came in sheets," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "He was having trouble seeing out there."


    Mostly, he was having trouble pitching. Leading 1-0 in the eighth inning, the Yankees were about to steal Game 2 of the American League division series, riding the great pitching of Andy Pettitte to offset their woeful offense.

    And then some kind of biblical locust landing occurred.

    Suddenly, Chamberlain, swarmed by bugs, walked Grady Sizemore. Then he threw a wild pitch. Then, with Sizemore on third, he threw another wild pitch, allowing the Indians to tie the game.

    Three innings later, with the bugs mostly gone due to a slight breeze, the Indians won it 2-1 on a Travis Hafner single. Cleveland leads the ALDS 2-0 as the best-of-five series moves to the Bronx on Sunday.

    "I've never seen anything like that before," Torre said. "Especially all of a sudden coming on the scene like that."

    It's common enough here that games have been delayed due to the bugs. However, the idea of a delay apparently didn't dawn on anyone. Torre said he didn't ask. The umps never gathered to discuss it. The Indians certainly weren't going to complain as Chamberlain lost his concentration.

    "We've had that happen a few times," said Indians manager Eric Wedge, who like any Clevelander is familiar with the occasional midge mauling. "Every now and again, at certain points they show up. Whatever the reason, they did tonight."

    Perhaps, after all these years and all these Cleveland losses, God decided to become an Indians fan. He certainly couldn't have picked a better time or the better Old Testament vengeance for fouling up the Yankees.

    Drought, mildew and famine would have lacked the immediate impact. Pestilence would have been too mean; fire mixed with blood too messy; grasshoppers, probably too obvious.

    The midges were just enough.

    "It was at a bad time," Torre said.

    Of course, neither divine intervention nor the fly patterns of gnat-like insects are responsible for the pathetic Yankees offense.

    The reason New York is on the brink of another October disappointment (they've won just three of their last 15 playoff games) is the decided lack of offense from its highly paid lineup.

    Among the regulars, only Bobby Abreu is hitting above .167 for the series. Four Yankees, including 4-5-6 hitters Alex Rodriguez, Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada, are hitless. Derek Jeter (.125) and Johnny Damon (.111) are only slightly better.

    A lineup that was supposed to be murderous can't even be called Misdemeanor's Row.

    A night after managing just five hits in a 12-3 loss, the Yankees got just three in 11 innings off starter Fausto Carmona and reliever Rafael Perez.

    The focus, of course, will be on Rodriguez, the highly paid lighting rod who has thus far capped another MVP-caliber season with a pathetic playoff performance. And to think he is expected to opt out of his current mega-contract to seek more money.

    "A-Rod, he's not the only one," Torre said. "We just really didn't get anything going."

    The Yankees were hoping to ride Pettitte, the prodigal son who returned from the Houston Astros and delivered some old playoff magic. He shut out the Indians into the seventh and left with one out and a 1-0 lead.

    Chamberlain, the 22-year-old legend-in-the-making, took the mound and immediately ended an Indians rally. New York was six outs – three from Chamberlain, three from closer Mariano Rivera – from squaring the series.

    Then the midges descended. They swarmed the infield, where the wet dirt seemed to attract them. They were of little nuisance for the outfielders, dugout-dwellers and the 44,732 fans.

    Chamberlain and others were sprayed down with insect repellent, but it did nothing against the midges. According to a state of Ohio website, the insects can be so aggressive that "piles of eight to twelve inches of dead midges may accumulate in unwanted places."

    For the Yankees, that unwanted place was the middle of the ALDS.



    YAHOO!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)
     
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  3. Beth2004

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    I'm smelling a Red Sox-Indians ALCS!

    And yes, Yankee fans, we know it's not over yet, but you can't deny that the Yanks have done nothing offensively over the past two nights and had basically no defense in the first game either.
     
  4. Yank7

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    It has been a crazy baseball season in all aspects. It is amazing how the best hitting team in baseball,with the best player in baseball can all stop hitting at once.However, as the great philosopher Yogi says, it's not over until it's over. By the way, secret reports are the Yankees are collecting a huge assortment of MOSQUITOES for a secret project around 8;45 TOMORROW. GO Yankees..
     
  5. Beth2004

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    Eh, I don't know how amazing it is. As the article said, they've only won 3 of their last 15 playoff games and last night the announcers were saying that A-Rod is 0-19 in his last 19 postseason at bats. Sounds pretty typical to me.... :whistle:

    Like I said in my first post, we know it's not over yet (I knew that would be the Yankee fan response :) ). You just can't deny how the Yankees are currently playing and how they've played in the most recent post seasons.
     
  6. deedee

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    Cleveland doesnt care how we get the win as long as we WIN!!! :) :) :)
     
  7. SpaceAngel

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    Cleveland's due.
     
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    I guess the Joba Rules don't include a clause for midges. Thank you, Cleveland.

    GO SOX!!!
     
  9. deedee

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    Sox fans dont get to happy cause after we finish the Yanks its on to the Sox!!
     
  10. SpaceAngel

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    Oh, bring it on, Boston. Please do.
     
  11. KLily21

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    GO TRIBE!!
    I'm an Indians fan...I just moved from Cleveland about two months ago, but I will always root for Cleveland sports teams!
     
  12. Missy

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    I am surrounded by Reds fans here in SW Ohio,:(, but I love:hugs: my INDIANS!!

    Go TRIBE!
     
  13. Yank7

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    The Yankee Record in the post season over the last four years is terrible, but you have to be in the post season to have a terrible record.Which of the eight teams in this year's post season where there last year? Most teams that win the World Series don't even have a winning record the next year.
     
  14. Boston1234

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    I used to live in NYC and what I've learned is that almost doesn't count over there. Steinbrenner doesn't settle for anything but a championship (of course right now he's kinda old and losing his mind...)

    Are you sure about your stat on teams that win the World Series having a losing record the next year? I don't think that's the case, but I could be wrong. Most World Series winners are over .500 the next year, at least lately.
     
  15. Freebird

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    Around here (Red Sox Nation) there is a saying, "I root for the Red Sox and whatever team is playing the Yankees".

    Go Indians!! :D
     
  16. Beth2004

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    Personally, I'd rather talk about this season, but if we want to keep talking about the Yankees' records in the past we can talk about how they choked worse than any team in history in the ALCS of 2004....:rolleyes:
     
  17. Beth2004

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    Maybe not most, but in 2005 (the year after the Sox's World Series win) they had a winning record, tied for first place with the Yankees. The Yankees won the AL East because they had won the season series against the Red Sox, but they did have identical records that season.
     
  18. czacza

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    If the Yankees are such big losers why would the Red Sox have that on their shirts? Hmmmmmm...:whistle:
     
  19. smalltowngal

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    Well, the Cubs are out of it!
     
  20. Beth2004

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    No one said they're losers. Just that they're currently losing...

    For some reason, all of the Yankees fans that post seem to think that we're saying that the Yankees never play well. No one said that. All we're saying is that they're currently 0-2 in this post season which is not out of the ordinary considering their most recent post season records. Hey, the Sox weren't even in the post season last year, but they're 2-0 against the Angels this year so that's what I'm concerned with, not the past.
     
  21. czacza

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    OK, but you did say:personally, I'd rather talk about this season, but if we want to keep talking about the Yankees' records in the past we can talk about how they choked worse than any team in history in the ALCS of 2004....

    So why are the Yankees such a threat?
     

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