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Tribal Warfare
Tom Verducci
October 20, 1997
The battle for the pennant didn't ruin a loving family weekend for the Alomars, Sandy of the Indians and Roberto of the Orioles
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October 20, 1997

Tribal Warfare

The battle for the pennant didn't ruin a loving family weekend for the Alomars, Sandy of the Indians and Roberto of the Orioles

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He would have to return to Baltimore to find out, because in Game 5 on Monday night the Orioles staved off elimination with a 4-2 victory, sealing the win on a brilliant defensive play by Roberto. But Cleveland still held the upper hand in the Championship Series, three games to two.

Sometimes the coming of the Tribe seemed as palpable as the smell of a rainstorm before the first drop has fallen. Roberto did not want to believe his Orioles would lose, not even after the lunacy of Game 3. Early Sunday morning, as he points his brother's car back toward his downtown hotel, Interstate 90 is quiet. On the left side of the highway Jacobs Field glows underneath its tubular light towers. The red digits on the dashboard clock click to 1:00. "I want to get to the World Series more than anything, no matter how many times I've been there," he says. "But if I can't go, then it's great to know-that Sandy will go."

Then suddenly, like candles blown out on a birthday cake, the ballpark lights go dark.

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