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Indians send Series into Game 7; area fans celebrate

By Heather CondleyRecord-Courier staff writer Published: October 26, 1997 12:00 AM

Kent residents Rodney Johnson, Brian Hornyak and their friends, decided to spend their evening watching the Tribe at Diggers Bar and Grill in Kent.

"We keep coming here because it's good luck," Johnson said. "We were here during the Yankees series and they won so this has been our good luck charm."

The Tribe beat the Yankees after game five to win the American League division series and then went on to beat the Baltimore Orioles to win the American League pennant and earn a spot in the World Series.

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Sue Helmling, who owns Diggers with her husband, said that the Tribes post-season stint has really helped business.

"It's been a lot busier since the series started, although we've really tried to promote it with specials, like on beer and wings," she said, adding that they've been getting nearly 50-60 customers each night of the World Series. "It has helped business."

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Most Diggers patrons were confident early in the evening that the Indians would win, despite several disappointing losses during the week.

"Oh yea, the Tribe is going to win because they are the best when their backs are against the wall," said Mike Schmidt of Cuyahoga Falls, who added that he's been a baseball fan since he was six. While he said he is a Tribe fan, he said he would be watching the World Series even if the Indians hadn't made it.

After an Indians win in game two, many fans thought that the Tribe could clench the series at home on Thursday, but with losses in every other game, it just wasn't to be.

"It has been frustrating. Look at my fingernails. I haven't slept in three nights," Schmidt said, prompting one of his friends to add, "Yea, he's been chewing MY fingernails."

Brimfield resident Rita Collins, who stopped off at Diggers to watch the game before heading downtown for Kent's annual Halloween celebration, said that she's also been a little frustrated in the games, but added that she has enjoyed watching them.

"I've enjoyed the games. I think it's really neat that they've made it this far," she said. "I would have watched the (World) series anyway, but probably not this much."

The Indians appearance in the series even brought out two relatively new fans, who said they are enjoying the series.

"The Indians are doing well. This is the first time I've ever watched baseball. I think the Indians will take the game tonight," said Rebecca Hull of Freedom during the fourth inning. "I was a little disappointed in the games during the week." Her friend Kimberly Lanham of Mantua agreed.

Kelly, an employee at Rockne's Pub in Kent said that business was booming Saturday thanks to the Tribe's appearance in the World Series.

"Yea, actually we are busy. The bar is packed and so is every table in the bar," she said, adding that not only has the Tribe's post-season appearance brought more people in to watch games, but it keeps the customers at the restaurant longer.

The final game of the World Series will begin at 7:35 tonight.

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