August 26, 2014

15 Years Ago: The Team Of (Almost) Destiny

Strap in folks, this is a long one……

I love Twitter for so many reasons. It’s my source for news, sports, comedy, etc. I am a Twitter junkie no doubt. I feel like I’ve read so many articles and stories that I would have had no clue existed if not for my timeline.

Then there are the stats or the pieces of history that you can be alerted to. Take two days ago for example. Our buddy from Indians.com Zack Meisel tweeted out that it was exactly 15 years ago Monday that Tony Fernandez hit a 10th inning, solo home run off of Baltimore reliever Armando Benitez in Game six of the 1997 American League Championship series, vaulting the Indians into the World Series for the second time in three years. [Read more...]

Tribe Goes for Bronx Sweep…

majorleague.jpg1992. The Cold War officially came to an end. NAFTA was signed. Bill Clinton elected President for first term. Stamps cost .29. Silence of the Lambs wins Oscar for Best Picture. Duke beats Michigan to win the Final Four. The Redskins beat the Bills in the Superbowl. And the Indians win the season series against the Yankees 7 games to 6.

Why bring up all that fascinating trivia about 1992? Because that series win over the Yankees was the last time the Indians have beat the Yankees for a season. Seriously. Those great teams of the 90′s? They didn’t beat the Yanks for the season. We had a couple of playoff series wins, but when it comes to the regular season, the Yankees absolutely own the Indians. That’s why yesterday’s win over Wang and the Yankees felt so good. After Lee’s superhero like performance, the Tribe goes for the first 3 game sweep of the Yankees in New York since 1989. That’s nearly 20 years ago! But what better way to say goodbye to that crappy stadium than to sweep their way out.

Paul Byrd throws for the Indians today against Mike Mussina. Byrd has been effective as of late, but doesn’t have much to show for it. In his last 4 starts, he has given up 5 runs, but has only a 1-0 record in those starts. That win came against the Yankees in Cleveland, though Byrd gave up 4 runs in the win. [Read more...]