November 11, 2016
Hank Greenberg and the Indians’ Curse, Part Two
Remember Jose Mesa?
Sure, Cleveland fans – does that name ring a bell? Does his face ring a bell? Omar Visquel remembered it. Jose Mesa blew the save in the last Game Seven where the Indians had a chance to win it all.
Against the Florida Marlins… the same team that would benefit from a Major Cubs’ Curse in 2003 (84 years after the Cubs threw the 1918 World Series to the Boston Red Sox – read about it in Sean Deveney’s book “The Original Curse” published in 2005).
Jose Mesa’s face of fear, I’m sure, is as indelibly marked in the minds of Cleveland Indians fans as the look on the face of Moises Alou when Mr. Bartman and he went for the same ball.
Remember when that was?
That’s right: 1997.
Which “just happened” to be exactly 40 years since the Indians had disrespectfully fired one Henry Benjamin Greenberg…
That’s right – the 1997 Indians Ignominy was a manifestation of a 40-year “Wandering in the Wilderness” Curse because of the mistreatment of the blessed Mr. Greenberg on October 16, 1957.
So – shouldn’t the Indians have WON, then, in 1997, since the Curse was ENDING? Yes – but the principle involved is that if a curse ends, but it’s not the LAST curse (that’s why the CUBS won this year), it means an devastating defeat.
I’ll have to do some more studying of Indians’ history… keep tuned…