The Indians rallied for two runs in the eighth, providing an entertaining end to the 30,605 fans who spent much of the evening cheering for a squirrel.
"It was the Rally Squirrel. He was our secret weapon," Crisp said. "They've got the Rally Monkey in Anaheim and we've got our guy."
The little brown critter ran onto the field in the third inning, later darting between Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter.
Does anyone remember the eagle that swooped down on Jeter last year?
Once again, I reference Roger Angell:
Another bird, the Yankee Stadium celebrity eagle Challenger, lost his way while performing his ceremonial flight from the center-field bleachers to a handler on the pitcher’s mound before the first game of the Red Sox-Yankees American League Championship Series, wobbled past Derek Jeter (who flinched away, snatching off his cap), and flumped to the ground near home plate. Fired on the spot, the famous fowl unexpectedly emerged from retirement prior to the third game of the World Series, but now with a Sun Belt employer, and made a safe journey home for the Florida Marlins during the anthem at Pro Player Stadium, in Miami. Redemption.
You know what they say: animals can sense evil.
Meanwhile, maybe the Indians have found a new mascot to replace their racially insensitive, stupid-looking "Chief Wahoo".