Red Right 88

Cleveland sports fan and sports writer

Location: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

quit my job decided to drive west

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Now that was fun

Not much I can add to what has already been written. But how about the one of the longest tenured Indians and the most beloved Indian stepping up at exactly the right time.

It has been have been tough for a competeitor like Jake Westbrook to accept how he pitched at Yankee Stadium and then to listen to him dismissed by the national media as bum. The national media finally started talking about the Tribe instead of the other team and all they talked about was how the Indians had to basically survive Westbrook and Byrd's starts. Nevermind both have made all-star games and while Byrd has been consistent all season, Westbrook's ERA in August was 1.90. Like Byrd before him, Westbrook went out and proved his veteran mettle. He was ahead on almost every batter and battled hard. After Garko's error filled the bases with no outs in teh second, Westbrook never blinked getting a pop-up and double play.

In the bottom of that inning, the mayor of Cleveland took a lesuirely stroll to the plate. Oh to be Kenny Lofton right now. I don't know how he handles that standing ovation and chants of his name every time he steps to the plate. And then the cool cat homers! As if this city could love him any more than it already does. What a perfect story line for the veteran. It adds to this magical ride and I am so glad he was brought back. And the fact he is delivering is amazing.