Relive the Game 7 homer that made Rajai Davis a folk hero in Cleveland
Feb. 19 marks the date by which all Indians position players must report to Spring Training. Jose Ramirez is ready. We know Francisco Lindor (and Francisco Lindor's hair) is already there. And on Saturday, just before camp gets underway in full, they got an unexpected surprise from an old friend -- the man who played an integral role in the team's run to the World Series in 2016, then etched himself into Cleveland's heart forever with a single swing.
Yes, that's right, Rajai Davis is back.
Rajai Davis is in Tribe camp. Said Chisenhall: "We're getting the band back together." Indians haven't announced anything, but hearing it's a Minor League deal with non-roster invite.- Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) February 17, 2018
Davis spent the 2017 season with the Red Sox and A's, swiping 29 bases in 117 games. But now he's returning to the Indians, who announced that they signed the outfielder to a Minor League deal with a non-roster invite to Spring Training. That can only mean one thing: It's time to relive the delirium of his game-tying homer in Game 7 of the 2016 Fall Classic.
Sure, you probably haven't forgotten Davis' two-run shot off of Aroldis Chapman -- it instantly became one of the most memorable swings in baseball history, after all. But you may have forgotten just what it felt like in the moment, watching what had already been an unforgettable game get turned on its ear one more time. You may have forgotten just how bonkers of a scene it was:
No, seriously, bonkers:
Even LeBron had an out-of-body experience:
So here it is, in full, one more time:
Welcome back, Rajai.