Whatever strange hold the White Sox seemed to have on the Indians earlier this season finally loosened in the last few weeks of the season. We were 3-7 in our first four series with the White Sox, and 4-4 in our last two series with them. Last night was the teams’ last meeting this season, and it was exceptionally satisfying to see our guys whomp some ChiSox butt for an 11-2 win.
Kosuke Fukudome and Jason Kipnis started off the first inning with back-to-back home runs and it just got better from there. Even my jaded, cynical, 47-times-bitten-48-times-shy husband watched the game with me. It was that much fun. Two extra-nice moments worth mentioning in a game full of nice moments: Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run tater in the seventh inning that gave him 25 home runs on the year and set a new franchise record for home runs by a shortstop. Right after that, Travis Hafner hit a beautiful double for his 1,000th career hit. This was followed by a swarm of warm fuzzies descending upon Progressive Field.
This game also gave fans what is probably the last time we’ll see Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel on the same field together. It was a joy to watch them both in their prime when they played for the Indians. That they’re both still playing (and playing well) over the age of 40 (hell, Omar is older than I am), is downright inspiring.
I was worried that the last two weeks of the season was going to turn into the Bataan Death March, but it hasn’t been. I’m going to enjoy the last seven games of a surprising season.