Hold on. Stop right there.
Even the phrase "deciding Game 7" should be stricken from your vocabulary. It's redundant. Of course, it's "deciding" the series. Unless we're talking about the WHL's West Division best-of-nine format. Besides that, once teams reach Game 7, we know it's "winner take all."
Oops, there I go. Another cliche.
Here are seven other World Series-inspired Game 7 cliches that will help you get ready (or annoyed) for what's about to happen tonight between the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants.
1. "A Game 7 in the World Series is a gift for everyone." — Hunter Pence, Giants outfielder
No. Just no. This makes no sense. Does it make you feel the same way you do when you open up that surprise box from your loved one? It's a baseball game. Not a gift.
2. "The two most exciting words in sport: Game 7" — Any sports commentator, anywhere
I don't know, what about a "triple play?" Those are two pretty darn exciting words. Or "Championship collapse." Or "Series-clinching diving grab." Wait, I guess that's four words.
3. "Who doesn't want a Game 7" — Jake Peavy, Giants pitcher
I don't know, Jake. Probably your fans who wished you would have won it six. Or five. Or four.
4. "To come down to Game 7 is amazing. It just tells you what kind of teams these are." — Giants DH Michael Morse
Yeah, it tells you that neither team is consistent enough to string together a couple decent games in a row. Five of the six games in this World Series have been blowouts.
5. "With our backs against the wall, we came out and proved we're ready," Royals reliever Tim Collins
Get ready to hear the phrase "backs against the wall" a lot. Why are so many athletes putting their backs against walls? I get why the outfielders might, but the rest of the team? Seems like an appointment with a chiropractor might clear up some of these spine issues.
6. "The only way to make history is to win." — Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson
Actually Jarrod, losers are in the history books, too. I believe the Toronto Blue Jays entered the record books this year for having the longest active playoff drought. Twenty-one seasons and counting. Now that's history in the making.
7. "It ain't over 'till it's over." — Yankees great Yogi Berra
How can you have a baseball-themed cliche list without including ol' Yogi? Quite easily, actually, six of the seven quotes in this list were taken from post-game quotes from Royals and Giants players after Game 6.
Wonder what the broadcasters and players will serve up for us in Game 7. After all, everything is on the line.Suggest a correction