Video: One of Kenny Lofton’s greatest games

I was reading on Twitter this morning that it is Kenny Lofton’s birthday. That led me to go to YouTube to see if I could find the highlights for one particular game. I found it. Kenny had four hits, five steals and hit the walk-off homer to win the game in extra innings against the Orioles.

Happy 46th birthday to one of the greatest Cleveland Indians of all time. Now, bask in the highlights.

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  • Kevin Huyghe

    He SCORED A RUN IN 18 STRAIGHT GAMES. WOW

  • Loui

    Favorite player of all time. He is really underrated by everyone outside of Cleveland.

  • MrCleaveland

    I always thought Kenny should have received at least some consideration for the HOF, but his first-ballot numbers were dismal and he’s no longer eligible (unless some old-timers committee of the future votes him in a couple decades from now). Loved having him at the top of the order and climbing the fence.

  • Harv 21

    Marvelous. With Albert in right field for the O’s and Robbie Alomar playing for us, this must have been 1999 or 2000.

    I was at a game in ’94 where Lofton just dominated in every way: hits, steals and distracting pitchers into mistakes, an acrobatic catch, throwing out a guy at the plate and a late home run. At the time I never thought that a guy who relied so heavily on speed to correct errors in fundamentals and who sometimes fell in love with a home-run swing could sustain his excellence for so long. But he shut my mouth. And loved how he loved the big moment, like some of his epic playoff at-bats against Randy Johnson.

  • ToxicToast

    I just wasted a lot of time watching Kenny Lofton videos on Youtube after seeing that.

  • JK

    I loved Kenny.. Why didn’t we just win one w those guys? :(

  • JK

    Also.. if you notice when Kenny hits that walk off there’s no one in the stands…

    THOSE CLEVELAND FANS DIDN’T DESERVE THAT TEAM!!11!111!

  • mgbode

    given the ages of some of us, I’ll bet there are quite a few of us with Muni memories of Kenny when he was among the only reasons to get excited about the team.

  • mgbode

    Craig, very timely on this game memory as well. It was the first thing I thought of when I saw that Ellsbury stole 5 bags last night. Maybe he was giving Lofton a birthday present :)

  • Griggs

    Wow what a game. Truly one of the greatest and most exciting Indians players to watch.

  • http://www.cinpleweb.com/ stin4u

    Still my favorite Indian of all time. 10x more deserving of a statue in CENTER FIELD *ahem* than Jim Thome. That move still astonishes and annoys me.

  • http://twitter.com/ejmaroun EJMaroun

    Yup. It’s from September 3, 2000. Here’s the full box score: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CLE/CLE200009030.shtml

  • Harv 21

    I still think he was robbed of the ROY

  • mgbode

    but, Pat Listach played for a 92 win team. that makes him the better player even though he was less of a speed threat, less of a power threat, and didn’t play anywhere near the defense of Lofton.

    gotta love the old school voting.

  • JK

    Omar > Kenny > Thome

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Jacoby Ellsbury stole 5 bases last night for the mighty BoSox!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    If he had won he’d have been jinxed a la Bob The Hammer Hamelin over Manny Ramirez.

  • mgbode

    you didn’t beat me to it this time sir.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Because they never had that one true stud SP despite more offensive talent then any other organization for years!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Those teams were great but honestly none of those guys deserve a statue especially if Feller and Doby don’t have one.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I saw but I thought is sounded better coming from the people’s champ! ;-)

    #2menenter1manleave

  • Bourn, Michael Bourn

    That catcher had a terrible arm… I would’ve stolen 6 bases.

  • mgbode

    yeah, but your people are in Boston. and nobody likes Boston :)

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    My peeps b everywhere son including Houston which will soon have a chapter!

    #$hamROCK’D

  • Harv 21

    I thought so too. I have a theory that borderline candidates who spend the second half of their careers as mercenaries – Lofton, Juliio Franco – kind of lose the passionate constituency which could promote them to the writers.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I wish Twitter had been around then and Paul Shuey had an account! ;-)

  • Jason Hurley

    It seems that after a while, the catcher was trying to hit Lofton with the throw instead of get him out. Especially the last one.

  • Dave O’Neill

    What a special player

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Lofton was a beast but he wasn’t a hall of famer.

  • Adam Copeland

    My favorite Kenny Lofton memories – him sliding into home plate to score the winning run in the epic 12 run comeback against the Mariners in 2001 and Eddie Taubensee hoisting him up on his shoulders (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgOjRkx60RQ) and Kenny scoring from 2nd on a Randy Johnson wild pitch in the 1995 ALCS: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DP775HBNk0)

  • acmay

    Bob Feller has a statue outside the Jake!