2022 was a year full of surprises for the Cleveland Guardians.
Preseason predictions weren’t exceptionally kind to the Guardians after they had finished under .500 in 2021 and had a quiet offseason.
But it didn’t take long for the Guardians to prove their doubters wrong.
Led by Manager of the Year Terry Francona, they won 92 games and took home the AL Central title and reaching the ALDS.
In Game 3 of that series, Cleveland found themselves down to their final strike against the New York Yankees.
But Oscar Gonzalez, who had become known for having the SpongeBob SquarePants theme as his walk-up song, came through against reliever Clarke Schmidt and drove in two runs on a single to win the game for the Guardians and give them a 2-1 series edge.
On Twitter, a Guardians fan posted a video of the moment, expressing excitement for the 2023 season and what it may have in store for the team.
— David Hrusovsky Sports (@davehrus) November 15, 2022
Guardians Fan Remembers Key Moment
Unfortunately, this was one of the last great moments of the 2022 season for the Guardians.
Cleveland lost a tight Game 4 at home before heading back to Yankee Stadium for Game 5.
After rain postponed the clincher by a day, the Yankees came out swinging and eliminated the Guardians.
But that didn’t take away from all the excitement that was felt around the City of Cleveland all season long.
This was a team that defied the odds and overcame a great deal of adversity to get to where they were.
The future looks bright in Cleveland as the 2023 season looms.