Monday, November 23, 2015

A Tale of Two Cities

       Here is a new post called, "A Tale of Two Cities." It chronologizes major events in sports between two cities. Today, we shall start off with Cleveland and Miami.

  1. Major League (1989): The movie that made Charlie Sheen a star is about a Cleveland Indians team on the brink of moving to Miami. The owner is a former Vegas showgirl who inherited the team from her deceased husband. She reaches a lucrative deal to move the Indians to Miami and seeks to invoke the escape clause if attendance fell below a certain point. Most fans of the movie remember Sheen's entrance into a ballgame as Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn. 
  2. 1997 World Series: The Cleveland Indians won the American League pennant and faced off against the NL champ Florida Marlins. The series went seven games with the Marlins winning 4-3. Game seven went 11 innings after Craig Counsell hit a sac fly in the ninth to prevent the city of Cleveland from celebrating their first title in decades. An Edgar Renteria single sealed the deal for the Marlins in the 11th. Livan Hernandez (2-0 in the World Series) was named the MVP.
  3. Lebron James picks the Miami Heat (2010): The 2010 offseason was perhaps the most famous offseason for the NBA. Their star player, Lebron James, was hitting the free agency market. Cleveland fans were hoping that the Akron native would return home, but Lebron had other plans. He joined up with Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade, forming a Heat team that would make four straight NBA Finals and win two NBA titles.

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