“The Indians quickly grounded into two outs in the ninth, things looked bleak. And then Mike Hargrove did what he did … he poked an opposite field single to left. Toby Harrah followed, and he drew a walk. First and second, two outs, and who should come up? Super Joe Charboneau. And suddenly, Cleveland Municipal Stadium was alive. You couldn’t say that often for baseball games at that masoleum. There was cheering and stomping, people holding their beer cups high above their heads in a sort of toast to the man of the hour, the man who could drink those beers through his nose. And that moment was how I would always remember Cleveland, loud bullish,tipsy but not drunk, down but not out, trailing but not without hope, down to the last out but with Super Joe up at the plate. I don’t need to tell you that Super Joe lined out to left field for the third out, and the Indians lost 2-1. If you know Cleveland, you already knew that ending. But the point wasn’t the ending. The point was the hope.”Read the whole story here. -- Vince Grzegorek
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