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Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 38

February 17, 2020 |

Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 38 days

Eric Haase, who had worn the number 38 in a handful of big league appearances, has vacated the number for the Indians as he was a roster casualty this winter. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 38 – Eric Haase

February 18, 2019 |

The Cleveland Indians will conduct their first full-squad workout today ahead of Major League Baseball kicking off the 2019 season. All 30 teams will take the field on March 28 with the league’s earliest start ever (excluding international openers). Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 38 days

The Indians seemed to be showing some faith in the catching depth in the organization since last July, trading away top prospect Francisco Mejia to the San Diego Padres at the trade deadline and All-Star backstop Yan Gomes to the Washington Nationals in November. The moves took the position from an area to strength to a sudden area of concern, as light-hitting defensive specialist Roberto Perez and #38 Eric Haase became the only two catchers on the 40-man roster.

Haase, 26 and a 2011 seventh round pick, spent the majority of his eighth season in the organization at Triple-A Columbus last season, his first full season with the Clippers (he played the final two games of the 2017 season there as well). One of the club’s big movers in the last couple of years, thanks in large part to the systematic emphasis on launch angle to help revolutionize the long ball in its most prolific increase since the steroid era, Haase has to feel good about where he stands in the front office’s eyes if they were willing to move the present and the future of the position to bring in All-Star closer Brad Hand and to free up money over the course of the next few years. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 38

February 19, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 38 days

Thirty-nine players have worn the number 38 for the Indians, most recently reliever Joe Smith in his return to Cleveland last season.

Plenty of big names in franchise history have spent a spell in the number for the Tribe, including a pair of Hall of Famers – Bob Lemon (1941) and Early Wynn (1963) – and another legend in club history in Rocky Colavito (1955-57).

None of the players to don it since Wynn are Cooperstown bound, but that does not mean that they have not made some important contributions in Tribe history. The best have come from a pair of relievers – the aforementioned Smith, and 1990s right-hander Eric Plunk. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 38 – Eric Plunk

February 24, 2017 |

Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we dig through the archives during our countdown to Opening Day!

Countdown to Opening Day – 38 days

There were 38 Cleveland Indians players to wear #38 as their jersey numbers prior to the 2016 season, so if the Tribe’s front office wanted to just be ironic, they could have chosen to never pass out the number again and retire it up in the mezzanine level at Progressive Field.

If they were going to retire #38 – not that they should – the man who deserves it the most is probably former reliever Eric Plunk. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 38: Catching Up With Eric Plunk

February 26, 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 – 38 days

There have been 38 Cleveland Indian players to wear #38 as their jersey numbers, so if the Tribe’s front office wanted to just be ironic, they could choose to never pass out the number again and retire it up in the mezzanine level at Progressive Field.

If they were going to retire #38—not that they should—the man who deserves it the most is probably former reliever Eric Plunk. Read More

The Greatest Summer Ever: The 10th Man

September 1, 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 influence that the Cleveland fans had on the ’95 team.

The 1995 Indians may have come up just short of their ultimate goal of winning the World Series, but you wouldn’t have known it from the outpouring of love the team received from their city.

“Everywhere you went there was Chief Wahoo in every yard,” starting pitcher Charles Nagy said. “The way the fans would come out—they would line our parking lot after the games—it was outstanding.”

“We would always feel like we had a home field advantage here with those fans that we had,” reliever Julian Tavarez added. Read More

The Greatest Summer Ever: Bullpen Power

August 1, 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 awesome power of the ’95 bullpen.

It is hard not to look back at the 1995 Indians and think about their hitters. Albert Belle. Carlos Baerga. Kenny Lofton. Jim Thome. Manny Ramirez. Eddie Murray. Sandy Alomar. Omar Vizquel. It’s a Hall of Fame worthy lineup with several players that have Hall of Fame credentials. Defensively, the roster boasted 32 Gold Glove Awards as well, led by Vizquel’s 12 at shortstop.

In addition to the slugging offense, the starting pitcher quartet of Dennis Martinez, Orel Hershiser, Charles Nagy and Ken Hill also had 11 All-Star appearances between them with a Cy Young Award (Hershiser) and a perfect game (Martinez) to boot. With so much star-power, it is easy to forget about the other aspect of that roster that was equally as dominant as any other…but it wasn’t supposed to be. Read More

The Greatest Summer Ever: Eric Plunk

June 23, 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 looks back at player #15 Eric Plunk. 

In 1995, everybody in Cleveland was an Indians fan.  Everybody loved the team that was as fun to watch as any other team in recent Cleveland sports memory and everybody was just waiting for this team to break the city’s curse.  The town had Tribe fever and everybody was in on it.

Just because everybody was on the bandwagon didn’t mean that everybody agreed on everything, though.  By 1995, there were two kinds of Indians fans…those that loved Eric Plunk and those who hated Eric Plunk.  Both sides had their arguments and both sides always made good points.

On one hand, the Plunk-lovers said that Eric had been a solid contributor to the Indians bullpen for several seasons and always had good numbers.  He pitched in a ton of games every year and his ERA was almost always below 3.00.  He won more games than he lost and he led the team in saves in 1993…good points.

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1995 Game Recap: Ramirez Rocks Sox for Another Walk-Off Win—Indians 4, Red Sox 3

June 19, 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 19, 1995.

If the Cleveland Indians of 1995 are turning in a dream season, we should all hope that we never wake up.

The Tribe improved baseball’s best record to 35-13 by recording their third walk-off homerun of the month—this one a 10th inning, opposite field shot by Manny Ramirez off of Boston pitcher Ken Ryan that gave the Indians a 4-3 win over the Red Sox on Monday evening at Jacobs Field.

In addition to being the third walk-off homerun this season, the victory was the Indians 12th win in their last at-bat this season, eight of which have come at home. The Tribe also now have 20 comeback wins this season, four of which have come against the Red Sox. The win also pushed the Indians record in extra innings to a perfect 5-0. 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