Before the 2014 postseason, Rhea Butcher had barely watched baseball in the 21st century. It was the 1997 World Series that did it: Butcher was 15 when the Cleveland Indians, division champions for the third consecutive year, squandered an early Game 7 lead and lost to the Marlins in extra innings. The Fish became the first Wild Card team ever to win a World Series; Cleveland didn’t make it back to the World Series for another 19 years. Butcher turned away from the game and then left Ohio altogether for Chicago and Los Angeles, building a viable comedy and acting career. Life—an increasingly fun life—got in the way of baseball. And in 2014, after 17 years, death brought it back.