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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

1995 Game Recap: 3,000! Murray’s Milestone Highlights Tribe Win—Indians 4, Twins 1

June 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 June 30, 1995.

The Indians improved baseball’s best record to 41-17 on Friday night with a 4-1 victory over the lowly Minnesota Twins, but the best team in the Major Leagues took a backseat to one of their own player’s personal milestones.

If he hadn’t already done so in his 19-year career, Tribe DH Eddie Murray stamped his ticket as a first ballot Hall of Famer with his single in the sixth inning—the 3,000th of his amazing career. The man they call “Steady Eddie” lined a fastball from Twins pitcher Mike Trombley between first and second and past a diving Chuck Knoblauch that helped start a game changing rally and made him the 20th player in Major League history to accomplish one of baseball’s rarest and best feats. 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

The Greatest Summer Ever: Building a Pennant Winner

May 2, 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 how the 1995 Indians roster was constructed.

After spending four decades out of first place, it was easy in 1995 to wonder how in the world the Cleveland Indians found themselves at the top of the baseball world. Wondering what they finally did right and why it took so long to do it was a legitimate question and fans that did not follow the team closely had to wonder:

Where in the world did these guys come from? Read More

Choosing Cleveland’s “Franchise Four”

April 26, 2015 |

Major League Baseball is currently asking its fans to determine the four most impactful players who have best represented the history of each of its 30 teams. The winners of the fan vote for the “Franchise Four” will be revealed on July 14th before this year’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati.

The Cleveland Indians, one of the charter members of the American League in 1901, have a storied past littered with very mixed success while easily replacing the city’s epically and embarrassingly dismantled 1899 National League Cleveland Spiders club. That has not stopped some of the best players throughout baseball history from adorning a Cleveland jersey while representing the franchise on the field.

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The Greatest Summer Ever: Catching Up With Omar Vizquel

April 25, 2015 | | 3 Comments

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 shortstop Omar Vizquel.

There certainly is a special connection between Omar Vizquel and the Cleveland Indians fans.

Not since Rocky Colavito in the 1950’s and 60’s have Tribe fans gravitated toward one player in the way that they did to Vizquel during his tenure in Cleveland that ran from 1994-2004.  The slick-fielding, always smiling shortstop had an amazing, special connection with the Cleveland faithful.  The connection is still strong even nearly a decade after Vizquel was traded away from the franchise that he gave so much to for over a decade.

“I feel really strange,” Vizquel said of his warm, heartfelt receptions he still gets in Northeastern Ohio.  “I stopped playing in Cleveland in 2004.  To this day, fans still treat me very, very special.  It’s almost like just yesterday that I left the team.  It’s great, I have a Twitter account on my phone and almost all of the people that follow me are from Cleveland. It’s crazy. Everything they want to talk about is from the 90s.” Read More

Today in Tribe History: April 24, 1967

April 24, 2015 |

1967 – Fan favorite and longtime Major Leaguer Omar Vizquel is born in Caracas, Venezuela.

The slick fielding shortstop played 24 years in the Majors, with the best years coming in a Cleveland Indians uniform. Vizquel logged 1,478 games in … Read More

Today in Tribe History: April 9, 2000

April 9, 2015 |

2000 – The Indians improved to 4-2 on the season behind an offensive eruption on the way to a 17-4 victory over the Devil Rays in Tampa Bay, but not everyone enjoyed a good day at the plate.

Leadoff hitter … Read More

Cleveland Lacking Cooperstown Candidates

January 4, 2015 |

This week, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will announce this year’s class of inductees to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

As has been the case for the last several years, the ballots will be largely devoid of any former Cleveland Indians players.

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Today in Tribe History: December 20, 1993

December 20, 2014 |

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

Eighteen Crazy Nights—Looking back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians

October 25, 2014 |

During the month of October DTTWLN will take a look back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians season—specifically the 18 thrilling games of the postseason as the Indians made an improbable run to game seven of the World Series.

PART TWENTY-ONE:  WORLD SERIES GAME 6—THE OMAR AND OGEA SHOW

Sometimes in sports unexpected things happen.

Moments occur that just couldn’t have been imagined; they make your jaw drop and hit the floor.  You compose yourself long enough to mutter out the words, “I can’t believe that just happened.”

Then there are other moments that aren’t really surprising at all…just incredible.

They happen over and over so often that they become routine…but still your jaw hits the ground because of how incredible the moment was.  Your jaw once again hits the floor and you compose yourself for long enough to say, “I can’t believe that Omar just did that again.”

Both of these scenarios played out perfectly for the Indians in Game Six of the 1997 World Series. Read More

Eighteen Crazy Nights—Looking back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians

October 11, 2014 |

During the month of October DTTWLN will take a look back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians season—specifically the 18 thrilling games of the postseason as the Indians made an improbable run to game seven of the World Series.

PART TWELVE:  ALCS GAME 3—SQUEEZING OUT A VICTORY

In playoff baseball there are great games, amazing games, legendary games…and then there’s Game Three of the 1997 American League Championship Series.

Unbelievable is really the only word that sums up the game that was played at Jacobs Field on October 11, 1997.  It was arguably the most bizarre game in Cleveland Indians history and it was the scene for perhaps the most unimaginable finish in baseball history.

Heading into the game, the series between the Indians and the Baltimore Orioles was tied at one game apiece.  The first two contests were played in Baltimore, where the heavily favored Orioles took Game One in dominating fashion and the Tribe used an eighth inning homerun by Marquis Grissom to steal Game Two.  The series now shifted back to Cleveland, where the Tribe had played inconsistently all season long. Read More