Will the Midges Factor Into Game 3?
The midges are indeed back. You may remember Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain being swarmed by the insects during Game 2 of the ALDS in 2007. Despite copious amounts of bug spray during a mound visit, Chamberlain could not adjust and threw two wild pitches that led to Cleveland tying that game in the eighth inning before winning it in extra innings.
Well, last Sunday, the midges invaded FirstEnergy Stadium, swarming players from the Browns and Chargers during warmups. Midges hatch along the shores of Lake Erie twice per year – in the spring and in the fall. While they have a lifespan of only a few days, they play a vital role in the ecosystem of Lake Erie. If they are still around this weekend, it would make for quite a story to see a Yankees reliever have to deal with them again.
Will the midges factor into the game on Saturday? We can only hope!