Tribe recall, circa 1993
On that Wednesday night at the old Stadium, a 13-year-old kid from Painesville sat in Section 22 upper reserve, Row E, Seat 14 as the 12-20 Indians took on the Royals.
Now 18 years later, still with a ticket stub to prove it, a certain 31-year-old sports writer racked his brain to try to remember anything about that game. Not much luck there - other than it was a fast game with great weather. But it's 2011, so there's always baseball-reference.com for better detail.
How about these for starting lineups that day? Fellow 90s kids will appreciate this:
Royals: C Brent Mayne, 1B Wally Joyner, 2B Jose Lind, SS Greg Gagne, 3B Phil Hiatt, LF Chris Gwynn, CF Brian McRae, RF Felix Jose, DH George Brett, SP Mark Gardner
Indians: C Junior Ortiz, 1B Paul Sorrento, 2B Carlos Baerga, SS Felix Fermin, 3B Jeff Treadway, LF Albert Belle, CF Kenny Lofton, RF Wayne Kirby, DH Carlos Martinez, SP Jose Mesa
Phil Hiatt? Felix Jose? Jeff Treadway? Jose Mesa as a starter?!? Believe it.
I'm happy to report the Indians, clearly inspired by the young man in Section 22 upper reserve, Row E, Seat 14, won that game, 6-2, in a tidy 2:20. The Tribe scored five runs in the second, the big hit being a two-out, two-run single by Baerga to plate Ortiz and Lofton. Mesa tossed a complete-game 10-hitter (10-hitter?) with four strikeouts.
Apparently, I was one of 12,081 there that night, and it's probably fair to say that number doesn't grow exponentially today like the crowd for Len Barker's perfect game. But it's a good Tribe memory (albeit a foggy one), and I'll take it.
- Chris Lillstrung