Put aside that Progressive Field should have been packed on Tuesday evening, the Cleveland Indians long out of the playoffs now vying for a wild card spot. Be happy in this season of a puzzling lack of attendance that 21,000 fans found their way to the ballpark.
They received a treat, albeit not before a chapter of despair. Chris Perez, the closer for the Indians, let slip a one-run lead in the top of the ninth, two solo home runs giving the Chicago White Sox the lead, the home team on the verge of losing its narrow advantage in the playoff chase.
Let’s savor, again, the moment. The Indians already had come back once in the game. Then, Jason Giambi, age fortysomething, delivered another rally with one swing, a two-run shot soaring into the right-field seats. Game over. Indians win.
This has been a season of improbable comebacks, starting with the club rising far above expectations. Credit Terry Francona, the manager making his own return to the game. Or the unexpected bounty of starting pitchers. Or the mentality that has fueled the team scratching back.
No fan wants to get too far ahead at this point — except to say that the Giambi blast was a reminder of what a pleasant surprise the season has been.