Thursday, October 18, 2007

Fort Wayne Native Wedge Looks For World Series Entry Tonight

America meets Mr. Wedge
Fort Wayne native on center stage in ALCS

Two weeks ago no one outside Ohio or his hometown of Fort Wayne knew who Eric Wedge was. Now he’s the guy with the scruffy, I-shaved-four-days-ago perma-stubble – who’d he get his style tips from, Tony Stewart? – and the unswerving faith in his guys, and all the right moves.
And now the Indians are a “W” away from the World Series – and, oh, by the way: Who’s this Wedge guy?

The Cleveland Indians take on the Boston Red Sox tonight in game 5 of the American League Championship Series at 8 PM on FOX.

The matchup between C.C. Sabathia and Josh Beckett will take place at Jacob's Field, the downtown Cleveland home of the Indians.

The Indians haven't won a World Series since 1948, which places them in the second spot on the list of teams with the longest current World Series crown drought, second only to the Chicago Cubs.

If Fort Wayne native son Eric Wedge can lead the Indians to a victory tonight, his team will face the Colorado Rockies, an expansion team formed in 1993 that has a chance of winning their first World Series title. The Rockies have been on an absolute tear, winning 21 of their last 22 games.

No matter which team wins between the Indians and the Red Sox, they will still have to contend with the red-hot Rox.


Jeff Pruitt said...

I grew up watching Eric play catcher for Wichita State and saw him lead the team to Omaha where they won the college world series in 1989.

His brother Ryan still lives in Wichita and is a good friend of my cousin so I generally see him once a year when I go back into town. I can assure you that the late season meltdowns experienced over the past few seasons have been killing him and the rest of the Indians fans in Wichita...