Saturday, July 01, 2006

The perfect loss

Frame this picture if you're an Indians fan.
It has been a long time since I have seen a collapse so thorough and efficient. And all in the span of two innings.
It was visual poetry, like watching slow motion footage of a chameleon lashing its tongue out and snaring a dragonfly.
The Indians were cruising less than 40 minutes prior, up 7-0 heading into the bottom of the eighth. Rafael Betancourt relieved and faced four hitters, who all scored to make it 7-4.
Ronnie Belliard singled home Grady Sizemore to make it 8-4 in the top of the ninth, eliminating a save opportunity for Bob Wickman.
Wickman still figured out a way to make the collapse complete.
After allowing a run to make it 8-5 with two outs, he walked the bases loaded for Adam Dunn, who took the first pitch deep to right field.
And that brings us back to the image you see above.
Elias Sports Bureau said it was the first time there has been a two-out, walk-off grand slam for a one-run win since 2001.
If you're an Indians fan, you can take Friday's game as a signal to stop the overanalysis, stop pining for change, stop calling for Eric Wedge's head, and simply marvel at how perfectly bad this season has become.
There's no rhyme, there's no reason, there's no way to fix it. This is simply a doomed season.
If the Indians are indeed sinking like the Titanic, the best you can do is find beauty in the distress flares sparkling against the night sky.

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