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Vizquel and Pinson Entering Cal League Hall of Fame

January 25, 2016 |

Beloved Cleveland Indians shortstop Omar Vizquel will add another Hall of Fame entry to his long list of baseball accolades in June as he and 14 others enter the California League Hall of Fame.

Vizquel, the acrobatic and flashy sure-handed middle infielder, is joined in the class by another former Indians player, outfielder Vada Pinson, who spent a pair of seasons with the club in the early 1970’s.

The Cal League announced on January 20th the creation of their Hall of Fame as part of their diamond anniversary this season. Joining Vizquel and Pinson in induction will be George Brett, Jose Cruz Jr., Don Drysdale, new MLB Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson, Bakersfield resident Sam Lynn, Pedro Martinez, Xavier Nady, Gary Sheffield, Bob Talbot, and Fernando Valenzuela. Read More

Miracle on Ontario Street (2001): Sunday Night History

December 22, 2015 | | One Comment

The late, great Hall of Famer Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

Maybe my dad and I should have listened to him.

This story is not one about Kris Kringle taking over for a drunk, Macy’s Santa Claus in December, but one about a young college student and his father leaving a baseball game in August with their beloved Indians trailing by a seemingly insurmountable amount of runs…only to watch them finish off a miraculous comeback with their heads down in their family living room. Read More

Today in Tribe History: December 20, 1993

December 20, 2015 |

Cleveland and Seattle swap shortstops, with a few other pieces thrown in, as the Indians acquire Omar Vizquel from the Mariners for Felix Fermin, Reggie Jefferson, and cash.

Vizquel became a fan favorite in Cleveland, most notably for his impressive … Read More

Today in Tribe History: October 5, 1997

October 5, 2015 |

The Cleveland Indians are four outs from elimination against the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series when single runs in the bottom of the eighth and ninth innings give the Tribe a 3-2 win to force Game … Read More

Memories of The Greatest Summer Ever

October 3, 2015 |

I’ll never forget the summer of 1995.

I was 13 years old, just about to enter the eighth grade and in love with the Cleveland Indians.  But I wasn’t just some fair-weather fan.  In my mind, I had dealt with the hardships of the bad years, having lived through the late 80’s and early 90’s teams that lost almost all of the time.  I couldn’t stand that it was suddenly sopopular to root for the Indians.  The words “fair weather fans” became a part of my regular vocabulary during the summer of ’95.  Where were all of you when the rest of us were all rooting for a losing team?  It wasn’t until I was in college and the glory years were almost over that I realized that I hadn’t really “dealt” with anything.

“Kids growing up (in the 90’s) and that’s all they knew…they’re in trouble,” former Indian and TV color man Rick Manning said.  “Now look at it…it’s not even close.  (The way it is now) is how Indians baseball was when I played (1975-1983) and even before me.”

People my age are spoiled.  I’m only 30-some years old and have seen the best, most exciting stretch of baseball that Cleveland has ever had.  Sure, I haven’t seen my Tribe win the ultimate prize, but heck, my father just turned 60 and has seen the exact same amount of World Series titles that I have.  We’ve seen the same amount of pennants as well, unless you count the one in 1954 when he was two (even with as big of a baseball fan as my dad is, I doubt that he was paying attention at two).

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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

Today in Tribe History: August 31, 2004

August 31, 2015 |

2004Omar Vizquel has a day for the ages as he has six hits and drives in four in seven trips to the plate and the Cleveland Indians bash the New York Yankees in the Bronx, 22-0.

The Tribe … Read More

1995 Game Recap: Bizarre Game Ends with Belle Blast—Indians 4, Blue Jays 3

August 30, 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 30, 1995.

A game that had a little bit of everything, of course, still wound up going the Indians way.

Albert Belle’s walk-off, solo homerun followed a game-tying sacrifice fly from Carlos Baerga in the bottom of the 14th inning as the Indians came back again to defeat the defending World Champion Blue Jays by a score of 4-3. It was the Indians eighth walk-off homerun of the season—the second against Toronto and the second for Belle—and pushed their record to a perfect 10-0 in extra innings. Read More

1995 Game Recap: Murray’s Bat and Vizquel’s Glove Sink Milwaukee—Indians 4, Brewers 3

August 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 August 19, 1995.

You know it’s your summer when you don’t play particularly well and you win anyways. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have a sure-fire, first ballot Hall of Famer in your lineup either.

For the Major League-best 70th time this season, the Indians found a way to take home a victory—this time on a walk-off homerun by the veteran Eddie Murray—as they defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 on Saturday night at Jacobs Field. Read More

Today in Tribe History: August 5, 2001

August 5, 2015 |

2001 – “The Comeback” happens on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball as the Cleveland Indians score 13 unanswered runs to shock the Seattle Mariners, 15-14, in eleven innings.

Dave Burba, 9-8 with a 6.21 ERA coming in through 21 starts, matched … Read More

The Greatest Summer Ever: Omar Vizquel

July 21, 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 player #12 Omar Vizquel.

The trade history between the Seattle Mariners and the Cleveland Indians has been a bit one sided in recent years.  On June 30, 2006, the Indians sent old man first baseman Eduardo Perez to Seattle in exchange for shortstop and future All-Star Asdrubal Cabrera.  A month later, the Tribe shipped Ben Broussard to the Mariners in exchange for Shin-Soo Choo and a player to be named later.  Choo emerged as the Indians best position player for the next few years and Broussard…well…Broussard plays a mean acoustic guitar.  In a “not quite as big of a steal” trade in June 2010, the Tribe sent another old man, Russell Branyan, to Seattle for Ezequiel Carrera and Juan Diaz.  At the time of the trade, everyone in Cleveland was pretty stoked that the Tribe got anything for Russell Branyan.

Those trades were all great and they all helped the Indians incredibly, but they were nothing compared to heist that GM John Hart pulled off prior to the 1994 season.

When the Indians finalized the trade for shortstop Omar Vizquel on December 20, 1993, they pulled off one of the biggest lopsided trades in franchise history.  The Mariners had a young shortstop with power named Alex Rodriguez on the way, so it seemed okay for the M’s to trade the all-glove/no-bat Vizquel for peanuts.

Oops.

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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