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1995 Game Recap: Tribe Comes Back on Record-Setting Day for Mesa—Indians 8, Brewers 5

August 20, 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 August 20, 1995.

Voltaire, the French Enlightenment Philosopher, once said, “Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.”

For Tribe closer Jose Mesa, the amount of time to achieve a perfection record just happened to be 37 save opportunities.

Mesa broke the Major League record for consecutive saves to start a season by recording his 37th save in 37 tries as the Indians came from behind to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-5 on Sunday afternoon. The previous record of 36 was set by Oakland closer Dennis Eckersley during his Cy Young and MVP season of 1992, a former starting pitcher who broke the record during his fifth full season as the Athletics stopper. Mesa—another former starting pitcher—bested Eck in his first season at the back end of the bullpen. On Sunday afternoon, however, the opportunity to get a save seemed very bleak until late. Read More

The Greatest Summer Ever: Catching Up With Carlos Baerga

August 18, 2015 | | One Comment

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 we catch up with former second baseman Carlos Baerga.

Everybody in Cleveland loves to talk about the 1995 Indians, but nobody lights up when reminiscing like former second baseman Carlos Baerga does.

“It was a special time,” Baerga said.  “When you talk about the greatest lineups of all time…that has to be one of them.  You can go (from) base to base…we had the best.”

Not only did Baerga’s team have the best talent on the field, he fondly recalls the amazing chemistry that the ’95 Tribe had as well.

“We were like a family,” Baerga remembered. “We used to get to the ballpark every day at 1:00 just because we liked to be together.  We would talk about what we wanted to do during the game and how we wanted to attack that pitcher.” Read More

Today in Tribe History: August 8, 1992

August 8, 2015 |

1992 – Powered by a one-hit shutout from Charles Nagy, the Cleveland Indians knock off the Baltimore Orioles, 6-0, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Nagy earned his 12th win of the year with his second consecutive complete game for … Read More

Today in Tribe History: July 29, 1996

July 29, 2015 |

1996 – The Cleveland Indians send fan favorite Carlos Baerga and infielder Alvaro Espinoza to the New York Mets in exchange for infielders Jeff Kent and Jose Vizcaino.

Baerga, a big part of the Indians’ resurgence in the standings and … Read More

1995 Game Recap: Belle Slam Shows California Who’s the AL’s Boss—Indians 7, Angels 5

July 18, 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 July 18, 1995.

Another night at Jacobs Field, another walk-off homerun. This time, however, the feeling was so, so grand.

In a season filled with excitement and late-inning heroics, Albert Belle topped them all on Tuesday night with a walk-off grand slam off Angels closer Lee Smith to give the Indians a 7-5 victory over the California Angels. The heroic slam came two days after Manny Ramirez lit up another one of baseball’s best closers, Oakland’s Dennis Eckersley. The Tribe had trailed 5-3 entering the ninth inning on Tuesday, but got a spark from the top of their batting order and a little bit of help from Lady Luck. Read More

1995 Game Recap: WOW! Ramirez Blasts Eck as Tribe Sweeps—Indians 5, Athletics 4

July 16, 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 July 16, 1995.

Wow.

That was the single word that Athletics closer Dennis Eckersley could mutter as he walked off the field after the juggernaut Indians wrecked another opponent’s day. Sunday’s heroics came curtesy of Manny Ramirez, who planted a hanging Eckersley cut fastball deep into the Jacobs Field bleachers to steal a 5-4 victory in the 12th and sweep the Athletics out of town. It was the first time in franchise history that the Indians have swept a four game series against Oakland in Cleveland. Read More

1995 Game Recap: Baerga Shines in All-Star Defeat—NL All-Stars 3, AL All-Stars 2

July 11, 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 July 11, 1995.

After so many seasons of sending one player to the Midsummer Classic just because every team had to send somebody, the Cleveland Indians were more than just a little represented in Arlington on Tuesday night.

The Indians sent six players to the 66th All-Star Game, including three starters. Clevelanders occupied the first, second and fifth spots in the American League’s batting lineup and the Tribe did not disappoint, despite the National League’s 3-2 victory. Read More

The Greatest Summer Ever: The Intimidation Factor

July 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 at the intimidation that the Tribe’s mighty lineup evoked on the opposition.

What exactly made the 1995 Indians so special?

It wasn’t just the 100 wins in 144 tries. Nor was it just the 27 wins in their last at bat or the 12 walk-off wins—nine of which were homeruns. It wasn’t even the fact that nearly half of the Tribe’s victories that summer were of the comeback variety.

What made the 1995 Cleveland Indians so special was that they were bad asses and everybody knew it…including themselves. Read More

Tribe Fans Seeking Magic of Old

June 21, 2015 |

The old kings of the walk-off were in the house, the bags were juiced, and the script was written in story book fashion for the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night, as the legends of old watched the jinxed (jixed?) collection of the present with an opportunity to do something that their predecessors had done routinely and with ease at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario twenty years earlier.

Unfortunately, that magic of yesteryear did not rub off as the current Indians offense, not even remotely close to the powerhouse lineup of the 1990’s, stranded another small village of base runners and a strikeout by rookie Giovanny Urshela with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning of a three-run game spoiled the celebration of the Indians’ 1995 World Series reunion.

Fans have come out to see some of their favorites don that Indians uniform again in the center of the diamond of the home of the Tribe once known, and still forever for others, as Jacobs Field. A total of 22,811 came out Friday night, only to be topped by the 24,670 to fill Progressive Field with two of its larger home crowds of the season. Read More

1995 Game Recap: 9-1 Homestand Ends with Thome Walk-Off—Indians 3, Tigers 2

June 7, 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 7, 1995.

Tribe fans had to wait over 11 months between walk-off homeruns until Paul Sorrento hit his on Sunday, but they only had to wait three days to see the next one. In what turned out to be an outstanding pitcher’s duel until the very end, the Indians got the best of the Detroit Tigers in 10 innings on Wednesday night when Jim Thome took Brian Maxcy deep for a 3-2, walk-off victory.

Thome’s titanic blast marked the Indians 10th victory in their last at bat this season. Seven of those aforementioned wins have come at Jacobs Field—five on this homestand alone. Since Cleveland’s new ballpark opened 14 months ago, the Tribe has blasted seven walk-off homers and have won 19 times in their last at bat. Read More

1995 Game Recap: A First for the History Books—Indians 10, Royals 0

May 9, 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 May 9, 1995.

Sometimes when it rains, it pours.

For Kansas City Royals starter Doug Linton (0-1, 7.56), the first inning precipitation wasn’t quite strong enough, but the Indians hitters certainly had no trouble pouring it on in their record-setting 10-0 victory.

The Indians demolished Linton from the start and tied a Major League record by scoring eight runs in the first inning before recording an out. Linton tried and tried to slow things down as a light drizzle threatened to turn into a downpour, but the only things washed away were the Royals chances for the evening. Read More

1995 Game Recap: Wait, Wait, Wait, Wait…Win!—Indians 10, Twins 9

May 7, 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 May 7, 1995.

The 39,431 fans at Jacobs Field certainly got their money’s worth Sunday afternoon…and Sunday evening…and Sunday night. It was nearly dark by the time Kenny Lofton had singled home Manny Ramirez for the winning run at 7:43 PM, but the day that was long for everyone must have seemed even longer for the Minnesota Twins (4-7) as they fell to the Tribe (6-4) by a score of 10-9. Read More