CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Maybe there will be more nauseous moments ahead, but for now, Tuesday night, May 15, 2018, stands as the 180-degree opposite of Tuesday night, Oct. 25, 2016.
That night 19 months ago, the Cavaliers accepted their NBA Championship rings as the Indians hosted Game 1 of the World Series - a title appreciated and a title anticipated.
More than a handful of fans left The Q and walked the 97 steps to the gates of Progressive Field to embrace both moments, at least one calling it the best night of her life. Nineteen months later, it wasn't a quick stroll across Gateway Plaza but a change of the channels between what was happening in Boston and what was happening in Detroit that again united your feelings about Cleveland's two championship-worthy teams.
Are some title hopes soon ending and other title hopes slowly evaporating?
Somewhere between 9:45 and 10 p.m. Tuesday, the Cavaliers blew a seven-point halftime lead to the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals and the Indians bullpen blew a four-run seventh inning lead to the Tigers in another regular season game in the division.
Not at 0-2 in a playoff series or 20-21 in the regular season is anything over.
But after a run of three straight NBA Finals and and two straight AL Central crowns, any fan catching pieces of both collapses may have watched the combination and thought, "Is this it?"
And now ... a Kyrie Irving-Bryan Shaw comparison.
There is, of course, no comparison, because only one of those two is currently healthy and helping his new team win. But it's clearly not fair to hold a chronically injured guard to the standard of a man tied for baseball's lead in pitching appearances for the second-place Colorado Rockies.
But they are both examples of a recent past sorely missed, examples of why, in Cleveland, the now matters so much more than any future.
This is a sports city, one with payroll limitations, one without the beaches or friendly taxes that help lure free agents, where when you have a chance, you must seize it. Go for it all now, pay for the consequences later.
Any moves made in the service of extending the feelings of Oct. 25, 2016, are worthwhile. Any that take the current success for granted in the name of a future for which nothing is promised are not.
Keep Oct. 25, 2016, alive.
So the Irving trade seems indefensible now, the kind of star-for-parts deal that seldom works for the team losing the star. But if the Irving and LeBron James duo appeared to be broken, there is a defense in there, a defense of the desire to sustain a version of these Cavs at all costs.
What you are jealous of in Boston right now isn't that they have Irving. It's that they have four hard-charging, game-changing players between the ages of 20 and 24 in Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart. Those Celtics are in single-minded pursuit of what the Cavs have been for four seasons.
The Cavs? They're trying desperately to hold on.
The Shaw loss, as he signed a $27 million contract with the Rockies, is actually worse in some ways. Because the moment the Indians lost Shaw and Joe Smith in free agency, everyone saw the hole blown in the bullpen.
While Isaiah Thomas was a massive failure as an answer for Irving, at least it was an attempt. The Indians, in not acting to fortify (primarily because of financial constraints) what had been the most unique and reliable piece of the last two years, let the hole in the pen remain.
The Cavs, in trading their second-best player without getting the return he was worth, failed by commission, acting when some would say no action was the best course. They could have kept Kyrie and worked it out. Maybe.