Did the Tribe Win Last Night was born in the spring of 2011 after Did the Cavs Win Last Night received national recognition during the Cleveland Cavaliers 25-game losing streak. For the first half of the season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night merely answered the question with Chief Wahoo smiling, or crying and a link to the MLB.com boxscore.
After some planning, DTTWLN took flight on July 1, 2011, by welcoming Lonnie Chisenhall to the show and the open of the Arizona Diamondbacks series. Focusing primarily on answering the question each day, “Did The Tribe Win Last Night,” the site covers game recaps, features on the Tribe, historical moments and more.
At the end of the 2011 season the staff made a goal to continue covering the team throughout the offseason, dedicating themselves to at least one post a day. The staff met their goal, often posting twice daily during a quiet winter. DTTWLN was able to land offseason interviews with Jason Kipnis, Vinnie Pestano and Nick Hagadone. The site didn’t just survive the winter, it grew in popularity and readership.
In March 2012 the site was selected by Cleveland Magazine to participate in their “Blog Bracket Challenge,” a fan vote popularity contest to find the most popular blog in town. Slated as a five seed, DTTWLN shocked the town and the competition by winning the entire contest. In October, Cleveland Magazine again recognized DTTWLN as the Best Local Blog in their “Best of Cleveland” issue.
With newfound popularity and development, DTTWLN had many new opportunities for the 2012 season. The site was credentialed by the Cleveland Indians and their minor league affiliates. The staff covered games live at every level of the Cleveland Indians system in 2012, including game previews and recaps for all 162 Tribe games. Another highlight for the staff was covering Carlos Santana’s contract extension and General Manager Chris Antonetti’s season end press conference. With extra access and exposure, the staff has been able to interview over 50 front office personnel, managers, coaches and players in the Indians’ system.