While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.
Countdown to Opening Day – 37 days
Another day is marked off of the calendar as we inch closer and closer to the start of the Cactus and Grapefruit League schedules. Today, we look at the number 37 and its role in Cleveland – most notably on the backs (and sometimes fronts) of Indians players throughout the club’s storied history. The number has been in heavy rotation for the last three and a half decades, appearing in every year since the Indians moved into their beautiful new home in the Gateway District and for nearly a decade before that. Just one time – during the final season that Cleveland Municipal Stadium served as the home of the Tribe – did the number fail to appear.
For the last six years, Cody Allen has championed the number. That will be no different this season, as the now veteran right-hander will once again serve as the closer in manager Terry Francona’s bullpen. But it could be the last season that Allen wears the number, at least for Cleveland – he is set to hit free agency at the end of the year.
Pitcher and Cleveland Indians’ 1997 World Series standout Chad Ogea is born in Louisiana.
The former Louisiana State University Tigers pitcher spent six years in the Majors from 1994 to 1999, five with the Indians and one final year with …
The Cleveland Indians stave off elimination with three early runs in a 4-1 victory over the Florida Marlins in Game 6 of the 1997 World Series at Pro Player Stadium in Miami.
Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back at player #18 Chad Ogea.
Cleveland fans will always remember Chad Ogea for his effort during the 1997 World Series. During that series against the Florida Marlins, Ogea started game two and game six, with the Indians trailing the series by one game each time. Each time, Ogea played brilliantly. The word “played” was carefully chosen because it was not just Ogea’s effort on the pitching mound that made his series one for the ages.
Ogea did pitch brilliantly, allowing one run in each game and knotting the series up each time, but it was his bat that separated Ogea from everyone else. After taking an 0-2 with a sacrifice bunt in game two, Ogea flexed his batting muscles in game six against Florida ace Kevin Brown, lacing a bases loaded single, scoring two runs in the second inning, then slicing a leadoff double and scoring a run in the fifth. With all due respect to Sandy Alomar (.367 batting average with two homeruns and ten RBI), Ogea would have been the World Series MVP had the Tribe bullpen (*cough* Jose Mesa *cough*) not blown the lead in the bottom of the ninth inning of game seven.
What people don’t normally realize is that Ogea’s 1997 World Series came after a somewhat poor regular season. Chad lost more games than he won that season (8-9) and had an ERA of nearly five (4.99). Ogea’s best season actually came two years prior, when he was a rookie on the 1995 Indians.
Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back June 4, 1995.
The Jacobs Field Magic of 1994 has officially returned for 1995.
The Indians (24-10) took on one of baseball’s best pitchers, fell behind 8-0 in the second inning and still managed to walk away with the biggest comeback win of the season on a walk-off homerun by Paul Sorrento. The Tribe used an outstanding relief appearance by rookie Chad Ogea and their mighty offense battled all the way back to defeat the still two-time reigning World Series champion Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 9-8 on Sunday afternoon.
Pitcher and Cleveland Indians 1997 World Series standout Chad Ogea is born in Louisiana.
The former Louisiana State University Tigers pitcher spent six years in the Majors, five with the Indians and one final year with the Philadelphia Phillies. He …