Saturday night, the Indians lost a baseball game to the moribund Chicago White Sox.
Corey Kluber started the game, but the Indians still lost.
It didn’t matter, because the Astros lost earlier in the day (clinching home field throughout the American League playoffs for the Indians) and the Dodgers won later in the night (locking up home field through the World Series). The Indians game, in foresight and hindsight — meant nothing.
Kluber got through 5 innings. He pitched well, but not otherworldly (1 ER, 3Ks). He did, however, lock up the AL Cy Young Award by virtue of not self-destructing on the mound like Chris Sale did a few days ago.
Other than that — things happened. Baseballs were thrown, baseballs were hit, and 3 total runs were scored. It was $1 hot dog night at the old ballpark, however, so there’s a lot of people out there in Northeast Ohio questioning their life choices (but not their budget choices!) right now.
Sunday’s game for everyone in Major League Baseball means absolutely nothing. All of the divisions and seeds are locked up. The Wild Cards are firmly decided.
Tomorrow is, as they say, for the love of the game.
Get ready Cleveland, the real season starts this week.