CLEVELAND Tim Hughes kept a promise to his 9-year-old son, Burk. After Tim attended Game 1 of the World Series with his wife, Jodie, he told a despondent Burk they would go together for Game 7 if it came to that.So when it did, Hughes pulled Burk out of school Wednesday and made the drive from nearby Wadsworth to Progre sive Field to see the Indians and Cubs. Burk even brought a sign for the occasion:I don’t always skip school, but when I do I beat the Cubs.This was a chance to see Cleveland history again, and they were feeling it around 2:30 p.m. at the gates; just like they did after the Cavaliers beat Golden State in Game 7 of the NBA Finals Jason Castro Jersey in June.MORE: Longest World Series droughts When the Cavs finally won it we’re going crazy and everything and hugging and he starts crying, Tim said. I said, ‘What’s going on?’ He said, ‘Dad, you don’t understand. I’ve been waiting for my whole life for this.’ He was eight years old at the time.”Tim understands all too well, just like any other Cleveland sports fan. Burk would get that le son when Chicago erased a 3-1 series deficit by knocking off Cleveland 8-7 in a wild, rain-delayed, 10-inning Game 7 for the ages, a game that revived some of those old ghosts.It’s a different vibe in Cleveland now, though. It’s not the woe-is-everything narrative that gets misplaced on the city every time one of these lo ses happens.MORE: Each team’s worst postseason memory The Cavaliers’ championship which broke a 52-year pro sportschampionship drought will ease that sting a little bit. Otherwise, the misplayed fly ball between Tyler Naquin and Lonnie Chisenhall in Game 6 would be viewed in a harsher light.The rain delay in Game 7 which came one inning after Cleveland tied the score on a two-run homer by Rajai Davis would have been considered divine punishment. That still might be the case for some fans given the Indians had the momentum heading into extra innings, even if Indians manager Terry Francona didn’t think that had much of an impact. This was around the time Tim textedhis brother John three words: Roll the tape.Here we go. The Shot. The Drive. The Fumble. Cleveland is still held accountable for all those heartaches that were spelled out in the Believeland “30 for 30″ documentary, but what would you name this one?The Collapse doesn’t feel right.FAGAN: Fans treated to unforgettable Game 7 Yes, the Indians blew a 3-1 lead in the World Series, which might hurt more or le s than Game https://www.twinsedge.com/minnesota-twins/joe-mauer-jersey 7 of the 1997 World Series against the Marlins depending on the point of view. These Indians, however, seem primed to be an AL Central contender for a while under Francona’s leadership, especially with Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco back in the rotation in 2017. While the easy tie is to 1997, the better tie might be to 1995, when Cleveland lost to Atlanta in the World Series in six. You had the feeling then the Indians would be back soon, and they obliged two years later.It’s the same deal here. Cleveland is built around Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor and a strong pitching staff. They’ll get more shots end that franchise championship drought, which stretches back to 1948.It’s going to hurt, Francona said afterward. It hurts because we care, but they need to walk with their heads held high because they left nothing on the field. That’s all the things we ever ask them to do. They tried until there was nothing left.The Indians didn’t win, but Davis’ homer gave those fans something to remember. The golf swing that knocked a line drive over the left-field wall and the corresponding reaction might be what fans remember most about that game. The Indians didn’t lose this game. The Cubs came out of the rain delay and won it.WATCH: Davis takes Chapman deep That was an incredible game, Francona said. I mean, to be a part of it. I talked before the game about being in game like that, but to be a sociated with the players in that clubhouse, it https://www.twinsedge.com/minnesota-twins/jason-castro-jersey is an honor.That’s where Cleveland is now. Eight days earlier, Cleveland hosted a World Series game the same night the Cavaliers raised an NBA championship banner . With LeBron James, Cleveland is going to have a few more NBA Finals appearances, probably against Golden State, over the next few years. That might challenge the ’80s Lakers-Celtics rivalry if they make it four or five in a row against each other.If the Browns who enter the weekend 0-8 ever get it figured out, that would put Cleveland over the top. That’s an entirely separate column.MORE: LeBron gives both teams love after Game 7 Wednesday wasn’t a banner night for Cleveland, but it was another special moment for those fans. It was good enough for Tim to let Burk cut school for a bit to sit in the upper-deck folding chairs while texting Jodie and his 13-year-old daughter, Emma. It was something Tim, Burk and grandfather Joe Petit could talk about for years to come.That’s the chance as a father to watch Game 7 with your son, Tim said. That’s something special.Tim knows special. He was there in 1997, and he lived out a large chunk of that 52-year drought. Burk waited all eight of those years to watch that first championship. It happened once and almost happened again in le s than six months.If Game 7 of the World Series was any indication, then they won’t have to eight years for the next one.
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