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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | November 20, 2017

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Chad Ogea

Today in Tribe History: November 9, 1970

November 9, 2017 |

Pitcher and Cleveland Indians’ 1997 World Series standout Chad Ogea is born in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Read More

Today in Tribe History: October 25, 1997

October 25, 2017 |

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. Read More

Today in Tribe History: November 9, 1970

November 9, 2016 |

Pitcher and Cleveland Indians’ 1997 World Series standout Chad Ogea is born in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Read More

Today in Tribe History: October 25, 1997

October 25, 2016 |

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. Read More

Today in Tribe History: November 9, 1970

November 9, 2015 |

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 … Read More

Today in Tribe History: October 25, 1997

October 25, 2015 |

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.

Chad Ogea allowed just one run on four hits over five innings for his second win of the series. The Indians got to Marlins starter Kevin Brown, who allowed four runs on five hits over five. Read More

The Greatest Summer Ever: Chad Ogea

June 13, 2015 |

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.

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1995 Game Recap: Sorrento’s Clout Caps Comeback—Indians 9, Blue Jays 8

June 4, 2015 |

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. Read More

Today in Tribe History: November 9, 1970

November 9, 2014 |

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 … Read More

Eighteen Crazy Nights—Looking back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians

October 25, 2014 |

During the month of October DTTWLN will take a look back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians season—specifically the 18 thrilling games of the postseason as the Indians made an improbable run to game seven of the World Series.

PART TWENTY-ONE:  WORLD SERIES GAME 6—THE OMAR AND OGEA SHOW

Sometimes in sports unexpected things happen.

Moments occur that just couldn’t have been imagined; they make your jaw drop and hit the floor.  You compose yourself long enough to mutter out the words, “I can’t believe that just happened.”

Then there are other moments that aren’t really surprising at all…just incredible.

They happen over and over so often that they become routine…but still your jaw hits the ground because of how incredible the moment was.  Your jaw once again hits the floor and you compose yourself for long enough to say, “I can’t believe that Omar just did that again.”

Both of these scenarios played out perfectly for the Indians in Game Six of the 1997 World Series. Read More

Today In Tribe History: October 25, 1997

October 25, 2014 |

The Cleveland Indians dodge 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.

Chad Ogea allows just one run on four hits … Read More

Eighteen Crazy Nights—Looking back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians

October 19, 2014 |

During the month of October DTTWLN will take a look back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians season—specifically the 18 thrilling games of the postseason as the Indians made an improbable run to game seven of the World Series.

PART SEVENTEEN:  WORLD SERIES GAME 2—IT’S PRONOUNCED “OH-JAY”

Twice in the 1997 playoffs the Indians had lost Game One of a series, and twice they had come back to win Game Two.  If they were going to make it three in a row, however, they certainly had their work cut out for them.

The Indians were set to face right handed ace Kevin Brown in the second matchup of the World Series, and they could only counter with Chad Ogea…a pitcher left out of the playoff starting rotation originally.

Brown was in the prime of a fantastic career, was at the end of an All-Star season, and was only a year removed from a season where he finished second in the NL Cy Young Award voting.  Ogea, meanwhile, struggled to a 8-9 record with a 4.99 ERA during the regular season and had lost his only two starts of the playoffs.  Ogea was only known nationally for having a funny last name that nobody was really sure how to pronounce and for giving up a grand slam to the first batter he faced in the postseason in his lone ALDS relief appearance against the Yankees. Read More