Today’s trip down memory lane takes us back to a story published on August 5, 2011, in the infancy stages of the Did The Tribe Win Last Night website by writer Vince Guerrieri on the ten-year anniversary of ‘The Comeback’. – BT
On August 5, 2001, the Indians were playing a nationally-televised Sunday night game on ESPN. They had their work cut out for them, playing a Seattle Mariners team that would go on to win 116 games in the regular season, tying a major league record.
And of course, the Indians laid an egg. Tribe starter Dave Burba gave up seven runs in two innings and change, and was replaced by reliever Mike Bacsik, who gave up five more runs in an eight-run third inning. After three, the Mariners were leading by two touchdowns, 12-0. Jim Thome hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning to make it 12-2, but the Mariners added two more in the fifth to go up 14-2.
The late, great Hall of Famer Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
Maybe my dad and I should have listened to him.
This story is not one about Kris Kringle taking over for a drunk, Macy’s Santa Claus in December, but one about a young college student and his father leaving a baseball game in August with their beloved Indians trailing by a seemingly insurmountable amount of runs…only to watch them finish off a miraculous comeback with their heads down in their family living room.