The Top 20 Moments in Jacobs Field History: 1997 World Series, Game 3
The 2013 season will mark the 20th year of baseball at Progressive (ie Jacobs) Field. It’s been a relatively short history (although with the stadium building boom in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Progressive Field is the 13th oldest facility in the majors). Did the Tribe Win Last Night? has compiled a list of the 20 most memorable moments in the field’s history. We’ll count them down while we wait for Opening Day.
By Vince Guerrieri
12. 1997 World Series, Game 3
Municipal Stadium, on the shore of Lake Erie, was subject to its own weather problems, with wind gusts, cold temperatures, even fog (when a game was postponed because of fog, Red Sox pitcher Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd said, “That’s what you get for putting a ballpark that close to the ocean).
Jacobs Field wasn’t as close to the lake, but Cleveland weather being what it is, still had its own issues. The Indians were playing the Florida Marlins in Game 3 of the 1997 World Series, the first game of that World Series in Cleveland. The teams had split the first two games in Miami, and came to Cleveland for the second coldest World Series game ever. Gametime temperature was listed at 38 degrees, and wind chill brought it down around 15 degrees.
But the cold weather provided no real advantage for the Indians. Gary Sheffield hit a solo home run to left field in the top of the first. The Indians answered back with RBI singles by Matt Williams and Sandy Alomar to take the lead. The teams see-sawed back and forth until Jim Thome hit a two-run home run to give the Tribe a 7-3 lead in the fourth. But the Marlins tied the game up in the seventh, and then scored seven runs in a neverending ninth inning. The Indians pushed across four runs of their own in the bottom of the ninth, but the comeback fell short and the Marlins won 14-11.
The game remains the second-longest nine-inning game, and the second-highest scoring game, behind the Blue Jays’ 15-14 win in the 1993 World Series. Overall, the Indians had no home-field advantage in Cleveland, losing two of three there in the series, which they lost in seven games.