On my way out of work this afternoon, wearing my husband’s Indians jacket from 2001, I stopped to shake hands with four Cubs fans and welcome them to Cleveland. One of our teams is going to break a very long losing streak and the other will once again say, “Next year!”
For Clevelanders, we almost don’t know how to behave this fall. Especially today.
This evening the Cavs will hang their championship banner at the Q and receive their rings. Actually, everyone who works for the Cavs will get a ring–right down to the guards and the people who sell you beer.
While that is still going on, the Cleveland Indians will host the first game of the World Series across the street at Progressive Field.
The best story I’ve heard today on our mixed emotions was on WCPN this morning, the local NPR station. Mark Urycki interviewed local author David Giffels, who related what his brother said as the Cavs won, “I’m not sure who we’re going to be if this happens. I’m not sure how we’re supposed to feel.”
The piece closed with this reminder:
Even with all their injured players, the Indians have one thing going for them. Today is St. Crispin’s Day.
601 years ago today the greatly outnumbered English army under Henry V defeated the French at Agincourt and inspired the greatest pre-game pep talk in the English language from William Shakespeare.
“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother;
be he ne’er so vile, This day shall gentle his condition”
At least this time, the Indians have the home field advantage.
“And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.”
Having home field advantage has often not been much of an advantage for Cleveland. That seems to be changing. Somehow getting used to that–expecting to win–seems somehow wrong. We’ll see how it goes.