April 25, 2014

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Tribe’s ALCS collapse complete

BOSTON — This has got to be a Cleveland thing. There’s no way else to explain it.

A 3-1 American League Championship Series lead wound up meaning next to nothing for the hard-luck Indians, who watched Boston win the next three games to advance to the World Series with an 11-2 victory in Game 7 at Fenway Park on Sunday night.

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Cleveland Indians second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera watches the Boston Red Sox celebrate after beating Cleveland, 11-2 to win the the American League Championship Series.

The bone-shaking defeat followed the path of so many Cleveland sports teams in the past — teams that were on the verge of reaching the promised land, but wound up in the outhouse.

“The Drive,” “The Fumble,” Jose Mesa’s 1997 World Series blown save and now, “The Collapse.” Only in Cleveland — like it or not, that’s just the way it goes in this city’s world of sports.

And as always, fans will be licking their wounds after another mind-blowing defeat.

Oh, well, like former Indian and current Boston slugger Manny Ramirez said, it’s not the end of the world and there’s always next year.
Contact Chris Assenheimer at 329-7137 or cassenheimer@chroniclet.com.