Sandy Alomar Jr.
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 – 15 days
On December 6, 1989, the Cleveland Indians made the franchise-altering decision to trade away star outfielder Joe Carter less than a year before he was set to hit the open market in free agency. After it became clear that Carter was tempted to see what his financial worth would be and that he was not interested in any offers made by the Tribe front office, he was dealt to the San Diego Padres for a package of players.
Two of those players would play significant roles in the Indian uprising of the 1990s, one that Carter was supposed to be a part of during the ill-fated 1987 Sports Illustrated cover jinx season and the years to follow.
The Cleveland Indians, fresh off of a disappointing sixth place 73-89 finish, trade their best offensive weapon, Joe Carter, to the San Diego Padres for Sandy Alomar, Carlos Baerga, and Chris James, beginning what would become the best sustained run in the history of the franchise.
Three runs in the ninth inning were not enough as the Florida Marlins edged out the Cleveland Indians by an 8-7 final in the last game of the season at Jacobs Field. The Marlins took a 3-2 World Series lead over the Indians as the series returned to Miami.
The Indians come back from a 3-1 deficit with a seven-run eighth inning, capped by a bases loaded single from Sandy Alomar in an 8-3 win for Cleveland over the White Sox in Chicago on the day the club retired Carlton Fisk’s number 72.
Cleveland is playing host to the 90th Midsummer Classic, with the annual exhibition kicking off at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, July 9.
The game may not mean as much as it used to with the advent of daily interleague play around the country, and it no longer has bearing on home field advantage for the World Series, but it still remains a great opportunity to watch some of the greats of the game take the field in competitive action.
With the 90th Midsummer Classic coming to Cleveland on Tuesday, July 9, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look back at some of the other All-Star Games hosted by the city over the years. – BT
Cleveland’s new jewel on the lake hosted baseball’s best and brightest in one gathering in 1997 when the 68th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game came back to town for the first time since 1981.
Jacobs Field was the site of the Midsummer Classic, hosting the game for the first time since Cleveland set a new All-Star record for the crowd in attendance at Municipal Stadium in 1981. This time, the venue changed and was much smaller (eliminating any sort of record setting numbers through the turnstiles), but the sellout crowd that came out in support of the game was treated to a historic effort from one of its hometown boys.