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The World Series is Back in Cleveland – Series Tied 1-1

March 28, 2016 |

October 8, 1948

Large crowds. Cold, rainy weather. Ticket scalpers making profits. An electric atmosphere.

Welcome back Tribe…this time, it’s for all the marbles.

Today, for the first time since October 12, 1920, the city of Cleveland will host a World Series game. The Tribe will take on the National League’s Boston Braves on baseball’s biggest stage with the series tied at one game apiece. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 7: Catching Up With Kenny Lofton

March 28, 2016 | | One Comment

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 7 days

Hal Trosky and Al Rosen both wore #7 throughout their Indians’ careers. Mike Garcia, John Romano, Joe Azcue and Harvey Kuenn all had cameos in the number as well.

The Cleveland Indians #7 jersey, however, belongs to Kenny Lofton.

Acquired via trade in December of 1991, Lofton brought little fanfare but plenty of talent with him from the Houston Astros. Lofton was just three years removed from a Final Four run as the sixth man on the Arizona Wildcats basketball team and had just about two years of professional baseball experience when he was dealt to Cleveland, but he proved to be up for anything at that point. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 9: Catching Up With Buddy Bell

March 26, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 9 days

For a young boy, not much could be cooler than having your dad play Major League Baseball. For a father, not much could be cooler than having your son play in the Big Leagues either.

Former Indian Buddy Bell is just one of four people in history to know what both are like. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 13: Catching Up With Joel Skinner

March 22, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 13 days

In a short-sighted world, a man who dedicated a huge chunk of his long baseball career to the Cleveland Indians organization will, unfortunately, likely be remembered forever for a single, widely criticized moment.

The fact that former Indians catcher Joel Skinner played for the Indians, played hurt for the Indians, spent two decades either as a Minor League Manager or a Major League Coach for the Indians, and was the Interim Manager for a young, improving Indians ball club just doesn’t seem to matter in the eyes of some Tribe fans.

The only thing that matters to those people is the fact that Skinner didn’t wave Kenny Lofton home in Game Seven of the 2007 ALCS in Fenway Park…and he should have. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 15: Catching Up With Sandy Alomar

March 20, 2016 | | 4 Comments

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 15 days

Some baseball players have a special connection with a city because of their outstanding talent. Some players have a special connection because of their outstanding personalities.

Former Indians catcher Sandy Alomar had both. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 16: Catching Up With Jay Bell

March 19, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 16 days

The #16 jersey number has been worn by a lot of underwhelming Cleveland Indians (Tomo Ohka, Jason Donald), some that had success but mostly with a different number (Jhonny Peralta, Shin-Soo Choo) and a couple of guys who had a lot of Major League success but mainly somewhere other than Cleveland (Hal Newhouser, Dwight Gooden, Juan Gonzalez).

Add infielder Jay Bell to the latter part of the list. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 17: Catching Up With Marquis Grissom

March 18, 2016 | | One Comment

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 17 days

He may have only been sporting #17 in Cleveland for one season, but former All-Star center fielder Marquis Grissom certainly made the most out of his short time.

“It was one of the best teams ever,” Grissom said of the 1997 Tribe. “If you look at that team with Manny Ramirez, myself, David Justice, Matt Williams, Jim Thome, Omar Vizquel, Tony Fernandez, Julio Franco, Orel Hershiser…I could go on and on and name the whole team.”

A two-time All-Star as well as a perennial Gold Glover and MVP candidate, the former Montreal Expos and Atlanta Braves star was dealt to the Indians from Atlanta at the end of Spring Training in 1997 along with Justice for fan favorite Kenny Lofton as well as reliever Alan Embree. Grissom was looked upon to replace Lofton’s amazingly consistent production on the new look Indians that were coming off of back to back division titles. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 20: Catching Up With Kevin Seitzer

March 15, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the greats who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 20 days

Former Indian Kevin Seitzer may have had to wait until the end of his long career before finally making it to the postseason with Cleveland, but by that time he had already made an impression on Major League Baseball long before.

As a rookie for the Kansas City Royals in 1987, Seitzer – who wore #20 on his back for the entire second half of his career – had one of the greatest seasons by a first year player in the past half century. He played in 161 games, logging an AL-best 725 plate appearances, while batting .323 with 15 home runs, 83 RBI, 33 doubles, eight triples and a league-best 207 hits during his first year. Seitzer was the first rookie to amass 200 hits since 1964, when Tony Oliva of the Twins and Dick Allen of the Phillies both accomplished the feat, and was just the 12th rookie ever to do it. Only Nomar Garciaparra of Boston in 1997 and Ichiro Suzuki of Seattle in 2001 have done it since. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 21: Catching Up With Mike Hargrove

March 14, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 21 days

The Indians’ #21 jersey will never be worn again, as the team retired the number for their Hall of Fame pitcher, Bob Lemon, in 1998. The last player to actually don the number was pitcher Greg Swindell during the 1991 season, but the last person to wear it was former Tribe manager Mike Hargrove.

Grover wore #21 on his back for all 12 years of his playing career – including the seven he spent in Cleveland – and then again for the first seven and a half years he spent as a manager. He surrendered the number and switched to #30 nearly two decades ago in the middle of the ’98 season when the Indians raised Lemon’s number up into the mezzanine section at Jacobs Field. The uniform switch occurred almost a decade and a half after Hargrove hung up his playing spikes as well. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 25: Catching Up With Jim Thome

March 10, 2016 | | 9 Comments

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 25 days

When Indians legend Jim Thome was first called up to the Major Leagues, he, the Indians, and their fans all had no idea what a ride we were all about to be put on. In fact, even Thome worried about whether or not he would be able to stick around at first.

“I did,” Thome said, “because I wasn’t a very good player…There were many nights that I didn’t know if I would make it.”

Now, Thome’s #25 jersey may never be worn by another Cleveland Indian again. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 26: Catching Up With Brook Jacoby

March 9, 2016 | | 2 Comments

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the greats who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 26 days

Ever wonder what a Major League hitting coach does in his free time?  According to Toronto Blue Jays hitting instructor and former Cleveland Indian #26 Brook Jacoby, there isn’t a lot of it to go around.

“Coaching takes up a lot of time,” Jacoby said, “a lot of time away from home.”

Such is the life for a baseball lifer like Jacoby, also known simply as ‘Jake’, who broke into professional ball when he was a seventh round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves in 1979. Prior to that, Jacoby – the son of Brook Jacoby, Sr., who played in the Indians and Philadelphia Phillies organizations – was a Hall of Fame talent at his alma mater of Ventura College in Ventura, California. He is the only two-time VC team MVP and, according to the college website, the not-so-fleet-footed Jacoby hit a whopping 26 triples in just 28 games during his sophomore year. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 29: Catching Up With Andre Thornton

March 6, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the greats who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 29 days

Sometimes you can take a ballplayer out of Cleveland, but you can’t take the Cleveland out of the ballplayer. For former Tribe slugger Andre Thornton, it turns out that he’s still got a whole lot of Cleveland left in him and he has no intention of changing that.

“It’s a wonderful place to live and I think it’s a wonderful city,” Thornton said. “My family was raised here—in terms of our sons. We live in the area now and Northeast Ohio has a lot to offer.” Read More