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Last Friday marked the anniversary of the last time a championship parade rolled through the streets of Cleveland in honor of the city’s Indians. A week and a half ago, the Tribe’s 70th season since winning its second title came to a crashing and demoralizing halt as the Houston Astros closed Progressive Field for the season with a brutal 11-3 win to complete a three-game American League Division Series sweep of the Indians.
The gut-wrenching dismantling of the Indians on their home field left the visiting clubhouse doused in beer, champagne, and excitement for a road squad for a third straight season.
The Cleveland Indians clinch the American League pennant for the first time since 1954 by winning their third consecutive game over the Seattle Mariners. Dennis Martinez and two relievers combine on a four-hit shutout in a 4-0 win in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series.
The Cleveland Indians win their third straight American League Championship Series game over the Boston Red Sox, claiming a 7-3 victory at Jacobs Field to pull within one game of a return trip to the World Series for the first time in ten years.
The Cleveland Indians (86-75) advance to the World Series for the second time in three seasons as they knock off the American League Wild Card team, the Baltimore Orioles (98-64), by a 1-0 decision in eleven innings at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
The Cleveland Indians used six runs over the first three innings to roll to a 7-0 win over the Seattle Mariners in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. The win tied the series at two wins each as the teams trade off wins.
The postseason hangover in Cleveland has extended all the way to Arizona for the Indians organization, as the team’s participants on the shared roster of the Glendale Desert Dogs have taken four straight losses to open the Arizona Fall League schedule.
Seven Indians prospects are members of the Desert Dogs club, joining representatives from the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Yankees. Glendale is winless at 0-4 to start the season, which began Tuesday from the desert. They trail the first place Surprise Saguaros by three games in the AFL West Division.
The Indians have sent four pitchers – Justin Garza, Rob Kaminsky, Jared Robinson, and Dalbert Siri – and three position players – Yu Chang, Li-Jen Chu, and Connor Marabell – to Arizona for offseason work. Joining them in Glendale is Double-A Akron pitching coach Rigo Beltran.
The American League Championship Series gets under way at the Kingdome in Seattle as the Mariners host the Cleveland Indians, hot off of an ALDS sweep of the Boston Red Sox. Their winning ways run out as they drop a 3-2 decision to the Mariners for their first playoff loss since 1954.
Seventy seasons of Indians baseball are in the books since that October 1948 parade, and still the Commissioner’s Trophy eludes the city of Cleveland. But hey, at least the city gets to host its sixth All-Star Game next July.
There were some along the way who felt that the Cleveland Indians just did not belong in the elite class of the American League bracket of the Major League Baseball playoffs this season. After sleepwalking through a pathetic schedule against the worst division in the game and failing to show up for 27 innings of baseball in an embarrassing three-game sweep at the hands of the reigning champs and juggernaut Houston Astros, maybe there’s something to that logic.
But there were also those who had higher expectations for the AL Central champions of the last three years. Some eyed an Indians-Dodgers 1920 rematch or, Fox’s worst nightmare, an Indians-Brewers pairing as potential outcomes of October baseball this year. Some felt that the winner of the Cleveland-Houston matchup would be the team to beat, the surefire American League champion primed to steamroll the senior circuit. On paper, the Indians had All-Stars littered across the field, and maybe the team was saving more inspired play that was lacking across the regular season slate for a deep postseason run, because the zombie stroll through the regular season against a barrage a sub-.500 teams sure made the team look ill-prepared when the American League Division Series started last weekend.