When thinking of incredible, insurmountable comebacks in the history of Major League Baseball, many fans (and especially Tribe fans) will look to August 5 of 2001, when the 61-48 Indians rallied back from two separate twelve-run deficits to shock the 80-30 Seattle Mariners with a stunning 15-14 extra inning walk-off win at Jacobs Field.
The unbelievable end results were heightened by the fact that both teams were very much in the playoff race and were destined to meet again in October, when the Mariners knocked off the Indians in five games in the American League Division Series after winning a Major League record 116 games (a record which still stands today).
Prior to that Herculean effort against the Mariners, the Indians’ largest home comeback at their gem at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario came on May 7, 1999, when the team used an 18-run barrage over its final three innings at the plate to stun the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 20-11. They accomplished it without Hall of Famer Jim Thome in the lineup, nor Hall worthy (in some eyes) Omar Vizquel, who was out of the lineup nursing a sore quad that had pestered him since mid-April.
Bruce Chen has a chance to make history Saturday afternoon at Progressive Field.
No, he’s not the first 37-year-old to pitch in a major league baseball game. And no, he’s not the first player to have pitched for 11 teams.
The veteran lefty’s 82 career victories has him tied him with Mariano Rivera for the most by a Panamanian-born pitcher.
The Indians are wheeling and dealing all over the place, signing free agent center fielder Kenny Lofton to a three-year deal and Dwight Gooden to a two-year tender. They also trade expendable center fielder Marquis Grissom, originally acquired for Lofton prior …