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Former Tribe Infielder Tony Fernandez Passes Away

February 16, 2020 |

Tony Fernandez, whose 17-year big league career included an infamous postseason of highs and lows with Cleveland in 1997, died on Saturday at the age of 57 after complications from a stroke and kidney disease, according to multiple reports.

Fernandez had been in the news in recent weeks as his long battle with polycystic kidney disease, dating back to 2017, intensified and brought him back to the hospital. He was in critical condition earlier in the month due to his battle with kidney disease and Imrad Hallim, the director and co-founder of the Tony Fernandez Foundation, said Fernandez had also developed pneumonia. Fernandez later suffered a stroke and was placed in an induced coma two weeks ago. Read More

Today in Tribe History: October 15, 1997

October 15, 2018 |

The Cleveland Indians (86-75) advance to the World Series for the second time in three seasons as they knock off the American League Wild Card team, the Baltimore Orioles (98-64), by a 1-0 decision in eleven innings at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Read More

Today in Tribe History: October 15, 1997

October 15, 2017 |

The Cleveland Indians (86-75) advance to the World Series for the second time in three seasons as they knock off the American League Wild Card team, the Baltimore Orioles (98-64), by a 1-0 decision in eleven innings at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Read More

Today in Tribe History: October 26, 1997

October 26, 2016 |

While two years ago, the Cleveland Indians edged out the Atlanta Braves at home, 5-4, to extend their World Series dreams to a sixth game, this date in 1997 brought about heartache from Pro Player Stadium in Miami. It was there that the Indians came within two outs of ending a 49-year title drought, but instead returned home losers in Game 7 by a 3-2 final in eleven innings. Read More

Today in Tribe History: October 15, 1997

October 15, 2016 |

The Cleveland Indians (86-75) advance to the World Series for the second time in three seasons as they knock off the American League Wild Card team, the Baltimore Orioles (98-64), by a 1-0 decision in eleven innings at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Read More

Today in Tribe History: October 26, 1997

October 26, 2015 |

While two years ago, the Cleveland Indians edged out the Atlanta Braves at home, 5-4, to extend their World Series dreams to a sixth game, this date in 1997 brought about heartache from Pro Player Stadium in Miami. It was there that the Indians came within two outs of ending a 49-year title drought, but instead returned home losers in Game 7 by a 3-2 final in eleven innings. Read More

Today in Tribe History: October 15, 1997

October 15, 2015 |

The 86-75 Cleveland Indians punch their ticket to the World Series for the second straight season as they knock off the American League Wild Card 98-64 Baltimore Orioles, 1-0, in eleven innings at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The game was a tale of two uniquely different pitching performances from the starting pitchers on each side. Cleveland’s Charles Nagy threw seven and one-third scoreless innings, striking out four but giving up three walks and nine base hits. A pair of double play balls helped him escape damage. Baltimore’s Mike Mussina was brilliant over eight innings, striking out ten Tribesmen while walking a pair and giving up just one hit – a double to David Justice to lead off the fifth inning after retiring the first 12 hitters in order. Read More

Eighteen Crazy Nights—Looking back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians

October 26, 2014 | | 3 Comments

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-TWO:  WORLD SERIES GAME 7—THE BITTER END

Game Seven.

Cleveland had certainly been down a long and winding path that took them to baseball’s biggest stage.

The Indians had extremely lowered expectations heading into Spring Training, they traded their best and most popular player before camp broke and they underwhelmed all season with a pitching staff that looked more unwatchable than some Triple-A staffs.

They were huge underdogs when they faced the Yankees and Orioles on their unimaginable trip through the playoffs, yet they sent both foes packing.  They had battled through sloppy play and historically-cold weather in Cleveland to take the Marlins to the brink of elimination in a winner-take-all showdown in Miami.

For Marlins fans, the feeling was optimistic and fun-loving.  Their team was only in its fifth season of existence, and they were just waiting for good things to happen.  For Cleveland fans, things could not have been tenser.  For years, Cleveland had suffered through unbelievable and unbearable heartbreak. Read More

Eighteen Crazy Nights—Looking back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians

October 15, 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 FIFTEEN:  ALCS GAME 6—ONE FOR THE AGES

“There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.”

-John Lennon

As the Cleveland Indians started batting practice before their Game Six showdown with the Baltimore Orioles in the 1997 American League Championship Series, Manager Mike Hargrove figured that everything was where it was meant to be.

Bip Roberts, a key midseason acquisition, was leading off and playing second base.

Tony Fernandez, an offseason free-agent signing that had lost his regular playing time when the team traded for Roberts, was penciled in as a reserve player on the bench.

It was all set.  The regular lineup was ready to face Mike Mussina…the hottest pitcher on the planet. Read More

Today In Tribe History: October 15, 1997

October 15, 2014 |

The Cleveland Indians offense is notably absent all game long until the eleventh inning, when a solo home run from Tony Fernandez gives the Tribe a 1-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles to send the team to their second World … Read More