The 2016 World Series switched stages for Game Three. The site was ancient Wrigley Field, one of the two oldest remaining parks in MLB, in Chicago. The Chicago Cubs were certain they had command of the series against the Cleveland Indians after gaining a split in Cleveland. However a tight pitching duel ensued that would mean a single hero would write the script.
Enter Coco Crisp, 36, a journeyman now, who was in Cleveland because the Oakland A’s sent him to a place he favored. And why not, his daughter was born there during his early days there. Oakland did the right thing and Chicago now laments it. Crisp came up in the seventh of a scoreless contest and singled in the run that would be the lone tally this evening. “It obviously feels good,” Crisp pointed out,
“No matter if you get the big hit or lay the bunt down, you want to do something that can possibly help the team. Fortunately enough for me today, it was the hit.”
Crisp has always found himself often in the right place at the right time. He owns a ring from 2007 during his Boston Red Sox time. His ability and mind for the game can be traced to his parents. His Puerto Rican father was a restaurant owner in fast food and even boxed as an amateur. His African-American mother was a champion sprinter.
He has always been able to get the best out of his ability and Cleveland benefitted. Andrew Miller, one of four Indian pitchers to whitewash the Cubs would gain the win. And the end of this contest would be a modern Casey at the Bat. Cub’s closer Cody Allen would face the Cub’s Casey, Puerto Rican playoff sensation Javier Baez. On the fifth pitch, mighty Javy would swing and strikeout for the final out and, as the poem states, there was no joy in Cubville.