October baseball is the best kind
The only other time I was in the postseason was in 2014 with the Tigers and we didn’t win a single game, so this time around it’s been a lot more gratifying. To win the wildcard game against Texas then to sweep a team as good as the Red Sox is a feeling that’s hard to describe.
Think about it. Most of the other teams are done and we’re still playing in the middle of October. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve expected to do it every season I’ve been in the major leagues, but before this year I always ended up going home and watching other teams play on TV. Every year I’d watch and hope that one day I would be in this position. I’m just glad we have this opportunity.
Coming to play for Cleveland this year has been ideal for me. I got to play my style of baseball. I had the freedom to do what I do best on the base paths, which is to create havoc and cause distractions. When I’m doing that, I think it helps some of our other hitters get some better pitches to hit and sometimes I can get myself into scoring position.
It’s been a blessing to play under Tito Francona, He’s done a great job of using me in the right circumstances and not sitting me too long during stretches when I wasn’t starting.
It will be fun playing the Blue Jays and going to Toronto. I was with the Blue Jays for three years and I’m not too many years removed from playing up there. A lot of guys that I played with are still there.
One thing I know for sure is that it’s going to be a loud crowd up at the Rogers Centre, especially if the dome is closed. The fans up there are great and they travel, too, so hopefully our fans are buying up all the seats in Cleveland so we don’t have to hear from the Blue Jays fans.
The few days off have given us some time to reflect on what we need to do and time to heal and recuperate a bit. It’s been a nice little breather, but now it’s time to get back to work.
It’s going to be a fun series and it’s going to be loud and the fans on both sides are going to be into it. As a player, I just love that.
Rajai Davis, a speedy outfielder from New London, Conn., who is in his 11th MLB season, batted .249 with 12 home runs and 48 RBIs for the Indians in 2016 and led the American League with 43 stolen bases in 49 attempts.