Difference between a homer and double

That collective groan you heard all over Cleveland about 4pm Saturday afternoon occurred when Travis Hafner’s blast in the 8th inning of today’s 4-3 loss to the White Sox hit the wall for a double instead of going out of the park.

Everyone knew Jhonny Perralta, the tying run, would not be waved home from third. Everyone knew that Chicago would then walk Victor Martinez to load the bases with one out. Everyone knew that the next batter, Ronnie Belliard, would either hit into a double play or pop out…he did the latter. And then everyone knew it didn’t matter who the hell the next batter was, nor how loaded the bases were, or how many outs there were. The game was over.

That’s the difference between a home run and a double. Pretty much the difference between the Indians winning and losing. Making the playoffs and not.

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