World Series, Game Seven: Oops…Power Failure!

Last evening, Linda and I were looking to enjoy game seven of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians. It had been a good day for us…one of the better ones in recent months given frequent trials and tribulations related to the passing of Linda’s mother earlier this year.

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One-half hour before game-time, as we busily completed our last chores for the day, I noticed that the light bulbs in our dining room hanging fixture looked rather dim. Even with the dimmer control “full-on” they still looked dim. A check of our bathroom lighting fixture confirmed that, indeed, something was amiss!

e26-bakelite-st64-lantern-filament-led1Those lights were also dim… and flickering. The worst-case scenario would have been that our utility-to-house electrical connection was, somehow, faulty – big bucks? We called P.G.&E. (the utility) and verified that there was a system problem localized to our neighborhood. Within minutes, the power went completely off, just before game-time!

We proceeded to follow the baseball game the same way our parents did decades ago…via radio – battery-powered, of course. Sitting in the darkness of our family room, we listened intently as one of baseball’s all-time great games unfolded in Cleveland. We constantly shook our head in dis-belief at our rotten luck in the matter.

Hours later, as we still sat in the dark, our despair deepened, and the game entered the fateful ninth-inning of play, the house suddenly came alive as numerous lights throughout instantaneously received their life-blood surge of electrical current. Within minutes, our television DVR came back to life and transported us directly to the stadium in Cleveland where the final drama of game seven was about to unfold.

What crazy timing for an electrical power outage and what a fantastic, rain-interrupted finish to game seven we were finally able to witness. We will not forget the day and the game, nor will the faithful Cubs fans who waited since 1908 for a World Series Championship. It was truly fascinating fun to witness not only the expected excitement of the victorious Cubs players, but also the extreme emotion of the fans during and after the contest. This series and, particularly, game seven, constitute sports and baseball at their finest. I could not help but note the earnestness and sportsmanship of the entire fan-base in attendance at the stadium, Cubs and Indians fans alike. The whole of it all? Most definitely a positive commentary on major league baseball, the fans, and the players.

My dad was a big fan of the Chicago Cubs as a young man growing up in Chicago and playing some ball. I recall this from a few of our long-ago conversations. I was only eight when Dad was transferred by United Air Lines from Chicago to the San Francisco Bay Area, but I retain certain mid-west edges to my persona along with many vivid recollections of my youth, there. Chicago was the center of both my parents’ family roots.

In 2004, Linda and I took a long-anticipated vacation trip to visit the places of my boyhood and to enjoy the sights of Chicago. We had a fabulous trip while visiting the important scenes of my early life, most of which were, surprisingly, still there and largely unchanged over fifty-six years! We hired a driver (Steven) and his town-car for the day of my sentimental tour around Chicago and, along the way, had him stop at Wrigley Field, home of the Cubs. I had never been there. Here is Steven, his town-car, and the home of the yet-to-be World Series Champions, the Chicago Cubs. Congratulations to the Cubs and to my home town!

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8 thoughts on “World Series, Game Seven: Oops…Power Failure!

  1. This was indeed an amazing game! Growing up in Chicago and the NW suburbs, I was raised to be a Cubs fan. Win or lose, rain or shine, I cheer on the Cubbies. How nice to know that as I celebrated the Cubs winning game 7, some of my distant family had watched and were cheering the team on as well.

  2. We loved the game. We don’t typically follow MLB but wouldn’t miss that 7th game. We thought of you knowing you were a Cubs fan. Just so happy for them!!

    • Like you, we do not follow baseball that closely, although we watched the entire series this time – minus our little blackout of the first eight innings of game seven! A few of the earlier games were essentially pitcher’s duels and short of the kind of action game seven had to offer. Thanks for reading and commenting, Linda. Hope all is well!

  3. This is awesome, Uncle Alan! It was an amazing game and you are both unlucky that you missed eight innings, but lucky you viewed the final, most important two innings. I hope you guys are doing well and I can’t wait to see you soon. Go Cubbies!

    • Hi Scott! Thanks for reading my post and taking the time to comment. As you say, the game was amazing: Glad we were able to at least watch the final act. After publishing this post, I thought of the famous little ditty sung on the old Monday night football broadcasts by Dandy Don Meredith after a play which decided the game: “Turn out the lights, the party’s over.” In our case, the lights went out before the game even started! You may be too young to recall Dandy Don, but your dad will remember the fun.

    • TV out is worse than power (temporarily) out, for sure! Some of the great radio baseball announcer’s descriptions of the action were as good or better than what comes across on the television these days. “Painting with words” is an apt phrase.

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