Although 9/11 is remembered as a day of tragedy and fear, all of RSN remembers 10/11 in a much more positive light. For it was 10/11/99 that one of the most epic games in post season history was played in Jacobs Field, Cleveland. Pedro was originally shelved as being too injured to pitch, and Bret Saberhagen was sent in his stead. Didn't work out as well as one might have hoped, and the Sox were already down 5-2 before the third inning. Troy O'Leary (I always liked him!) pulled a Manny after Nomar was intentionally walked, loading the bases-it was one of two pivotal shots he would hit in the game, both after Nomar was intentionally walked to get to him (like he was saying, eff you, Mike Hargrove...)
But of course, the story and now the legend was the night of Pedro Martinez, who practically crawled out of the pen to pitch six innings of shutout ball, earning the win but nearly dying in the process.
The loser? None other than Paul Shuey, who on August 22 of this year allowed nine runs in two innings in that infamous 30-3 Orioles loss to the Rangers this year.
So, we plan to square off once again tomorrow, and you know the Indians are dying to return the favor. Let's hope it doesn't take another Pedro-and-O'Leary-esque performance to stave them off this year!