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Unsolved Mysteries: Was Terry Francona Really in “Major League”?

March 24, 2020 |

Did The Tribe Win Last Night continues its excavation project by digging through the archives for some of our best and favorite pieces since 2011. Movies are the theme for this week as many Ohioans acclimate to life on lock down. Continue to practice social distancing and wash those hands for at least 20 seconds. – BT

Today’s find comes from former DTTWLN writer and ten-time published author Jonathan Knight, dating back to July 24, 2015.

Picture Robert Stack in a dark overcoat meandering toward camera through a foggy alley. Over the opening chords of that tinkly theme song he speaks the following words in a low, gravelly voice that makes you think he’s passing along state secrets:

It’s a typical Tuesday night, and everybody’s settling in to watch the Indians’ latest textbook example of how not to score runs.

Just after the game begins (and the Indians strand their first runner in scoring position), venerable MLB.com reporter Jordan Bastian posts an intriguing little story. To coincide with that evening’s much-anticipated Major League Night” at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Bastian chatted with Tribe manager Terry Francona about an enigmatic comment he made before the game.

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Unsolved Mysteries: Was Terry Francona Really in “Major League”?

April 7, 2019 |

Sunday, April 7, marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the beloved movie “Major League”. Written and directed by Rhode Islander David Ward (writer of box office hits like “The Sting” and “Sleepless in Seattle”) and featuring a star-studded cast, the movie follows efforts by Indians ownership to tank the season in order to set record-low attendance figures that would allow the widowed Rachel Phelps to move the franchise to Miami. Instead, hilarity and success ensue as the young upstart club finds itself under the guidance of manager Lou Brown and veteran catcher Jake Taylor. Today, we look back on a unique story that arose from the movie, as written by author Jonathan Knight in 2015. – BT

Picture Robert Stack in a dark overcoat meandering toward camera through a foggy alley. Over the opening chords of that tinkly theme song he speaks the following words in a low, gravelly voice that makes you think he’s passing along state secrets:

It’s a typical Tuesday night, and everybody’s settling in to watch the Indians’ latest textbook example of how not to score runs.

Just after the game begins (and the Indians strand their first runner in scoring position), venerable MLB.com reporter Jordan Bastian posts an intriguing little story. To coincide with that evening’s much-anticipated Major League Night” at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Bastian chatted with Tribe manager Terry Francona about an enigmatic comment he made before the game.

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The Glass Ceiling of Mediocrity

October 2, 2015 |

Consistency is usually an admirable quality.

Whether you’re talking about parenting or public transportation, there’s something to be said for someone or something that you can count on to deliver what’s expected each and every time.

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The Price of Free Baseball

September 18, 2015 |

If you had free tickets to an Indians game, would you go?

On the surface, it sounds like a ridiculously simple question. “Free” is the watchword of our culture, whether you’re talking about the Declaration of Independence or BOGO coupons.

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The Boys of September

September 4, 2015 |

Ah, September. Honeycombed with long-standing traditions. Apple-picking. Changing leaves. High school football. The Indians out of contention but suddenly playing as if they aren’t.

Thanks to the absurdity of the second wild card and literally every team in the American League still technically within the boundaries of postseason mathematical reality, the Tribe is still in it after a pretty crummy five months.

In fact, they were declared dead by most a few weeks back. And then at just about that exact moment, began playing well. Read More

Cleveland’s Fenway

August 21, 2015 |

While watching the Indians trot their increasingly maddening world tour through Boston this week, we got to enjoy one of the more satisfying experiences of this steaming turd of a season.

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Did the Strike Cost the ’94 Indians a Trip to the Playoffs?

August 14, 2015 | | One Comment

It should come as little surprise that we’ve spent much of this awkward, disappointing baseball summer talking about what happened 20 years ago.

Like a warm security blanket, the 1995 Tribe has become the franchise’s (and, honestly, fans’) go-to in times of stress and worry. Consequently, an onslaught of recognitions and tributes online and at the ballpark have rained upon us like locusts the past few months.

All of which is understood and, to be fair, well-deserved. The 1995 season was a biblical epic, a once-in-a-generation experience that simply blows away all subsequent seasons – and most that came before. We both want and need to remember.

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Previously on “The Indians Were Supposed to be Good”…

July 31, 2015 |

Generally, being an Indians fan and being disappointed go hand in hand. Taking a 70-year break between championships does that.

Their history is littered with broken promises and letdowns and interminable seasons that seem to last longer than World War I. And while this year is certainly not among the worst in Tribe history, it most assuredly will go down as one of the most disappointing.

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Unsolved Mysteries: Was Terry Francona Really in “Major League”?

July 24, 2015 |

Picture Robert Stack in a dark overcoat meandering toward camera through a foggy alley. Over the opening chords of that tinkly theme song he speaks the following words in a low, gravelly voice that makes you think he’s passing along state secrets:

It’s a typical Tuesday night, and everybody’s settling in to watch the Indians’ latest textbook example of how not to score runs.

Just after the game begins (and the Indians strand their first runner in scoring position), venerable MLB.com reporter Jordan Bastian posts an intriguing little story. To coincide with that evening’s much-anticipated Major League Night” at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Bastian chatted with Tribe manager Terry Francona about an enigmatic comment he made before the game.

Read More

The Rivalry From the Neighborhood of Make-Believe

July 17, 2015 | | One Comment

Let’s say you’re at a dinner party. You’re friends with all the guests and everybody’s having a good time. But hanging over it like a raincloud is the undeniable reality that your host and hostess have absolutely no interest in one another.

There are no screaming matches, no bickering, no real tension at all, really. And if you didn’t know them well, you probably wouldn’t notice. There are just little things here and there that, as a longtime friend of both the host and hostess, you pick up on that tell you there’s nothing of substance connecting them.

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Choosing Your Battles

July 10, 2015 | | 2 Comments

In lieu of a column drawing parallels between the current Confederate flag groundswell and the constancy of Chief Wahoo in a sanctimonious snit of writing absolutely nobody wants to read, let’s carve some meat off another part of the turkey.

Let’s fast-forward into the not-too-distant future, to a point when Chief Wahoo has been safely tucked away. (Sorry, “Keep the Chief” activists, but however you feel about the logo, you have to admit it’s just a matter of time.)

It seems like a fair compromise would be to trade in Chief Wahoo to keep the “Indians” name. The Cleveland Indians Baseball Company throws Native Americans a bone and vice versa. Read More

The Indians Finally Have Their Bully

June 26, 2015 |

If there’s one thing the strong Cleveland sports teams of the last half century have in common – besides, y’know, not winning a championship – it’s finding themselves a good nemesis.

An opponent your fan base hates, usually led by a commercially viable figurehead we’d all like to see fall off a windmill.

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