CLEVELAND -- So did you make it to 1:37 a.m. Sunday morning, the time of the final out in the Indians' Game Two victory over Boston? Blame me for your lack of sleep.
I now have an inglorious addition to my resume -- I've covered the latest-ending game in the history of each round of the playoffs.
I was there for the 2:08 a.m. finish of Game One of the 1995 division series in Cleveland, when Tony Pena's home run in the 13th inning produced a 5-4 win over the Red Sox in the Tribe's first postseason game since the 1954 World Series.
I was there Saturday/Sunday for the latest-running ALCS game.
And I was in Minute Maid Park with cohort Bob DiCesare for the 7-5, 14-inning White Sox victory over the Astros in Game Three of the 2005 World Series. That one ended at 2:20 a.m. Eastern. Around 5 a.m. Eastern, after we finished our stories for the next afternoon's paper (remember that?), we got to our rental car and it was cornered in the parking lot by police tape to keep people from parking for free in there for the game later that night.
What to do? I got behind the wheel, DiCesare hoisted the tape and I drove out. They don't teach you that in journalism school.