Saturday, October 06, 2007

Build The Canadian Soldiers Monument Now!

I guess entymologists call them Chironomus plumosus (Linnaeus), but we know them as Canadian Soldiers, and as far as I'm concerned, they will be honored guests in Northeast Ohio from now on. Sure, they fly into your eyes, ears, nose and mouth and die all over everything, but their heroic efforts on behalf of the Cleveland Indians last night have forever transformed them from pest to benefactor.

Our heroes arrived just in time to torture and distract Yankee reliever Joba Chamberlin enough to let the Tribe cobble together the tying run in the 8th inning. The Indians continued to shut down the Yankee offense, and, well, you know the rest.

You've got to wonder if something is going on here. I've lived in Northeast Ohio for more than 20 years, and I've never seen Canadian Soldiers show up in October. Hmmm...

Whatever the reason for their intervention, we need to show our gratitude to our insect allies. Remember when the Tribe was attempting to sign Thome to an extension, and they talked about putting a statue of him up by Jacobs Field? If last night's bizarre events turn out to be the first sign that the hand of destiny is at work here, then I vote that the Indians take that money and build a monument to our annual visitors from the Great White North.

From now on, you guys are always welcome here.

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