When Chapman went to the mound in the ninth, and Michael Brantley greeted him with a line-drive single, the sellout crowd rose to its feet, rekindling memories of that chilly night last fall.
“It’s a natural thing,” Indians right fielder Brandon Guyer said. “It went through our minds. It’s a new year, a new game, but it definitely brought some memories back.”
In Game 7, it was Guyer who greeted Chapman with a run-scoring double with two outs in the eighth and then scored on the Davis homer — a line drive down the left-field line that just cleared the wall.
While Davis, now with the Oakland Athletics, was missing from the scene, Ramirez acted as something of an understudy. Ramirez followed Brantley’s single by connecting with an 0-2 pitch from Chapman and sending a high drive toward the 20-foot-high left-field wall. Gardner drifted back and leapt to make the catch, sending Brantley scurrying back to first instead of racing closer to home.