Monday, December 4, 2023
HomeSportMLBGroup memory: Chopper recalls battle with Cleveland's nasty midges

Group memory: Chopper recalls battle with Cleveland's nasty midges

Group Memory: Chopper recalls the battle with Cleveland’ nasty midges

Last weekend, a swarm of flying bugs interrupted the pregame game between the NFL Browns and Chargers at First Energy Stadium in Cleveland, taking only a minute or two of the first A call to ping Joba Chamberlain. Players and fans on both teams are fighting the pest known as Lake Erie midges.

Oh, Chamberlain can tell you all about them. Fifteen years ago, Chamberlain was a Yankees backup, enjoying a fantastic rookie season – quickly earning the trust of manager Joe Torre, who begged the front office to let him use the nearly unplayable fastball/slider Combination to use this child. Then on October 5th, 2007, Game 2 of the AL Division Series: “Bug Game ” .”

” You can hear their Sounds; they’re everywhere,” Chamberlain said recently. “You try to swallow them without opening your mouth. Yes, it’s fun. ”

• ALDS Game 3: Tonight, 7 : 21 PM ET at TBS

Then21, Chamberlain’s field goal was 0. 30 ERA at 21 regular season appearance, strikeout 21 batting Hand. He showed good control, walked six times and threw a crazy pitch on his first 04 Major League innings. Cleveland played the first game of the ALDS -3 rout, but Yankees are on edge in Game 2 — only scoring on Melky Cabrera homer .

Andy Pettitte at The first 6 1/3 innings pitched with 7 hits. A double and a walk from a veteran left-hander prompted Torre to stretch out his right index finger to call Chamberlain, who threw out Franklin Gutierrez and hit a fly ball in right field Retired Casey Black and escaped the seventh inning. So far so good.

Chamberlain and Yankees played in the bottom of the eighth inning. Affected by the unseasonably warm fall of Northeast Ohio (27 degree first pitching) effect, midges have arrived. In search of a mate, a cloud obscures the bright lights of what was then known as Jacobs Field – they appear to be centered on the pitcher’s mound.

“I was like, ‘This is not normal. I never saw Over this,'” Chamberlain said.

When Derek Jeter was at shortstop As he slapped the bugs in his position, the mosquitoes — like insects — stuck to Chamberlain’s sweaty face, blocking his view and crawling into his nose, mouth and ears. Chamberlain walked past Grady Sizemore and threw a wild pitch. Gene Monahan, the Yanks’ longtime head athletic trainer, makes a green Off! bug spray. It didn’t help.

” I tried to throw and then it became Worse,” Chamberlain said. “I was sweating and I kept hitting the bugs. Geno came out and [referee] Laz Diaz was behind the plate; as we all know foreign objects by now, what Geno did was technically illegal because it It gets sticky. But he sprayed it on everyone and it backfired because they were more attracted to moisture.”

Chamberlain later learned that that particular brand of spray was useless against mosquitoes; Torre later said it was “like the Chateaubriand of bed bugs.” Not getting his team off the court was one of Torre’s biggest regrets in his Hall of Fame management career. Chamberlain said he was later told that vinegar or drying the sheets might repel the midges.

“It was good to know then,” Chamberlain Say. “I’m glad they didn’t bite because I’d be in pain.”

The sacrifice bunt moved Sizemore to third base, and after letting Travis Haffner line up, Chamberlain threw another wild pitch and scored. He hit Victor Martinez and took out Ryan Garko before getting a lucky escape with a strikeout.
“[Hideki] Matsui hit me in the back, They all flew all over the place,” Chamberlain said. “When I finally saw the video, it was disgusting. For about two hours, I felt one in my ear; I tried to scoop it out with a cotton swab. They were in my eyelids. I’m usually a quick in and out of the shower The guy. That, I did a little scrubbing.”
Taking the lead in the end of the game, the game entered overtime, and the decision was made at by Hafner’s single Luis Vizcaino.
“Just in you Think you’ve seen it all,” Jeter said at the time. “That’s home field advantage.”

Cleveland went on to win the series in four games before losing the AL Championship Series to the Red Sox — the eventual World Series champion that year. Now all that anyone seems to remember from ALDS is midges.
“The frustrating part for me is that there is no execution Pitch,” Chamberlain said. “Bug, I don’t care. It’s not an excuse to pitch wildly and give up the game. I should take the blame and be like, ‘Hey, we have to let go. The next inning, Fausto Carmona (later known as Roberto Hernandez) came out and they also Not bad. Apparently they know the secret.”

At the Guardians’ Spring Training Center in Goodyear, Arizona, the prospect walks past a black and white photo of Carmona/Hernandez from that game. The pitcher is focused and refuses to be distracted by midges or anything.

“It’s something you can’t get around,” Triston Mack said. Kenzie said he’ll start Cleveland’s Game 3 on Saturday (and also played in last weekend’s Browns/Charge game). “You just have to exercise yourself and get through it. It’s like a swarm of mosquitoes, but when you try to slap them away, they don’t care. They’ll land on you no matter what.”

Chamberlain spent nine more in the majors after that night Years – most of which were in the Yankees – then jumped from Tigers to Royals and then ended in his career Coincidentally, Cleveland. Chamberlain has since returned to his home in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he spent most of his time transporting his son Carter to baseball games. There’s hardly a day when someone doesn’t share their memories of “bug games,” he said.

“It never fails,” Chamberlain said. “I guess you’ll always be remembered for worse things.”



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


Featured NEWS