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TommyJohn
10-22-2007, 07:57 AM
I should have known that the Indians were doomed the moment they went
up 3-1 in this series. I had a feeling that Boston was going to pull it out
even though I was rooting for Cleveland. I should have known that the
Indians had no chance. Why? Let's take a look back at some recent
postseason collapses.

2002 San Francisco Giants: up 3-2 in the World Series, winning Game 6
5-0 in the 7th, then they collapse and lose the game, then lose game 7.

2003 Chicago Cubs: Up 3-1 in the NLCS against Florida, lose Game 5,
five outs away from winning in Game 6 before collapsing, then losing
Game 7 to complete the choke.

2004: New York Yankees: Up 3-0 in the ALCS, three outs away from a
clean sweep of Boston before Brian Roberts scores the tying run and
the Red Sox go on to pull off a monumental comeback, winning the
series.

2007 Cleveland Indians: Up 3-1 against Boston before the choke
happens. I won't go through the gory details, it is bad enough that
ESPN's favorite team pulled it off again.

Anyway, what do all of these collapses have in common?

Kenny Lofton.

He was on each one of the teams that blew those leads and lost.
Baseball players are a superstitious bunch. Is any team that is
close to the postseason next year going to want Lofton anywhere
near their clubhouse?

Oblong
10-22-2007, 08:12 AM
nice work.

WhiteSoxJunkie
10-22-2007, 02:36 PM
nice work.

I agree, even though Fox mentioned the exact same thing during the Game 7 broadcast.

chisoxmike
10-22-2007, 02:37 PM
Wow, didn't know that.

DumpJerry
10-22-2007, 03:01 PM
:lofton
My agent told me today that Jim Hendry asked the Indians if I am available for a trade.

TommyJohn
10-22-2007, 03:26 PM
I agree, even though Fox mentioned the exact same thing during the Game 7 broadcast.

I didn't either, I didn't watch the game. Had I known, I would've pointed it out. Wasn't trying to rip off.

Frater Perdurabo
10-22-2007, 04:13 PM
Interesting. But teams he's on also have a knack for getting into the playoffs in the first place. Maybe the thing to do is to sign him for the regular season, get into the playoffs, and then release him.
:tongue:

ode to veeck
10-22-2007, 05:10 PM
Kenny Lofton had about as much to do with each of these lost series as BP has to do with what happens during the season, absolutely epsilon. As Frater points out his contributions were actually key to these teams making the playoffs, not gettting knocked out of them/

Hitmen77
10-22-2007, 06:57 PM
pffft.....gmab on the superstitions, hecks, curses and jinkes.

What's next Cleveland had a goat banned from the Jake?

calling all WSI members who have Photoshop.....:redneck

TommyJohn
10-22-2007, 10:37 PM
pffft.....gmab on the superstitions, hecks, curses and jinkes.

What's next Cleveland had a goat banned from the Jake?

It was a tongue-in-cheek take on the fact that Kenny Lofton has played on
all those teams, a great coincidence. I never once invoked any of those
words that you reference in your scoffing post. "GMAB" on all this damn
sneering.

Oblong
10-22-2007, 10:56 PM
I didn't infer any of that either. I also didn't hear it in the broadcast but wasn't listening the whole time.

It's a funny coincidence since he wasn't really a key player on those teams. I'd forgotten he was even on them.

Nellie_Fox
10-22-2007, 11:47 PM
Hex. It's a hex, not a hecks.

Frater Perdurabo
10-23-2007, 06:09 AM
Hex. It's a hex, not a hecks.

Oh, heck.