Indians vs. Yankees in October carries with it a case of decennial deja vu

Posted at 7:34 AM, Oct 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-05 08:23:37-04

If you feel the Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees in October baseball sounds familiar, it's literally a case decennial deja vu.

The two teams open the American League Division Series tonight at Progressive Field but they faced each other 10 years before that in the playoffs in 2007 and another 10 years before that in 1997 with both games providing memorable moments.

October 5, 2007, was Game 2 of that year's ALDS with attention focused as much on the midges that made their way in from Lake Erie as it was the play on the field. The Indians took the game and eventually the series as New York's Joba Chamberlain was overwhelmed by the bugs that flew in from the lake and swarmed the Yankees pitcher.

Ten years before that on October 5, 1997 another rare occurrence, a blown save in the playoffs by the Yankees soon to be Hall of Fame reliever Mariano Rivera when Indians Catcher Sandy Alomar homered off him in the 8th inning of Game 4 to tie the game which the Indians would go on to win in the 9th.