Tribe fans have been blessed to some of the most memorable games in postseason history. Most notably, Game 7 of the 2016 World Series between the Cubs and Indians. But one game in-particular was just as memorable if not better than that great World Series game. I’m talking about Game 2 of the 2017 ALDS against those hated pinstripe wearing New York Yankees. I remember this game because I missed about 2/3 of the game due to work. What transpired that October night would go down as one of if not the greatest games in Cleveland Indians postseason history. Unfortunately, that was the last great game played by the Indians in October.
There is something about postseason baseball that gets fans jacked up and absolutely nervous. The Indians would provide everything on that faithful night in October. The Yankees would jump out to early 2-0 lead on a Gary Sanchez two-run dinger. The Indians would tie the game back up on a Carlos Santana two-run single and would take the lead 3-2 on a Jason Kipnis single.
The lead would diminish in a flash as the Yankees would rock Corey Kluber for four more runs capped off by an Aaron Hicks three-run bomb. Gregg Bird would also crush a two-run home run to give the Yanks a commanding 8-3 lead. The Yanks were all but sure of a two-game split headed back to the Bronx and then it happened…
I had just gotten off work and I was racing home to catch the game. So like an irresponsible driver, I got on my phone and put it on ESPN Gamecast to catch up. When I got on my phone, the Indians had loaded the bases following Lonnie Chisenhall getting hit by a pitch or so it had appeared. Yanks skipper Joe Giradi refused to challenge the call even with catcher Gary Sanchez pleading to Joe that the ball did not. Francisco Lindor stepped to the plate and what happened next would go down as the signature moment of his career. Lindor would annihilate the Shane Greene pitch nearly hitting the top of the foul pole sending Progressive Field into absolute chaos.
Lindor’s grand-slam gave the Indians new life but still trailed the Yanks 8-7.
Jay Bruce hit a solo blast in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game at eight. So the score would stay until the bottom of the 13th inning. With Austin Jackson on second, Yan Gomes would scorch a shot down the third baseline sending Jackson home and capping off the greatest comeback in Cleveland Indians postseason history.
Often in life, you are treated to things that you didn’t think were possible or even capable of happening. Being a sports fan allows to you have those particular moments. Being a fan, you are just as much into the game as the players. Though the Yankees went on to win the series, that Game 2 went down as one of the most memorable games in postseason history.