Please tell me you were watching last night when Jason Heyward caught Jose Ramirez's fly ball, loaded it into his slingshot, and nailed Francisco Lindor at the plate.
There's just no greater play than at the plate.
Yeah it used to be exciting when the runner could just blow up the catcher, but it's better now without.
Victor Caratini played it perfectly and clearly tagged Lindor out.
But the thing with J-Hey is, we never get to see these plays because nobody runs on him.
Just like nobody would ever run on Andre Dawson.
(Sometimes I want to call Heyward a different version of his nickname: J-Hawk.)
Anyway, in a game with lots of big plays (El Mago's fabulous run around the bases, my GOD!), J-Hey's throw is the one that'll stick in my brain.
It was a big moment.
Top of the 3rd with Darvish on the mound, and he'd given up 2 doubles and a bunt single compounded with a Bryant error.
Cleveland had scored twice, taken the lead, and Lindor was standing on 3rd with one out.
Ramirez did his job and hit what shoulda been a sac fly, only he hit it to Heyward.
I swear Len said something like, "This should be fun."
Was it ever.
Bummer in the 9th when Jeremy Jeffress gave up a 2-run homer to Lindor to erase a 2-run lead.
But the Cubs scored in the bottom on a really bad bases loaded pitch from a guy named Nick Wittgren that hit pinch hitter Cameron Maybin center mass.
Wittgren had just hit Willson Contreras and Willie threw his bat and there was definitely a dangerous vibe in the air, not unexpected with Contreras.
Bryant was on third after Rizzo's single, so maybe Wittgren just wanted to load 'em up because there was one out, hope for the double play so you're thinking there's a waaaay outside chance Wittgren hit Contreras on purpose.
Guy just lost control and you know, so good to not have to trot another Cub pitcher out there in extras.
Cubs 6 Indians 5.
Tonight Lester's back with an opportunity for a couple of the Good Lesteresque starts in a row.
The Indians'll pitch 25 year old Aaron Civale - he was 3-4 last year with a 2.34 ERA, but I don't believe the Cubs have ever seen him.
I've got ribs smokin' on the grill, and they'll be ready right about 7 so... you know what I'll be doing.
PS: There's been something wrong with my blog provider for like weeks, and I apologize that you can't comment. Fix coming...
Last thing, this was the illustration back from when Andre was inducted into the Hall: