I can’t stop. As I write this, I have the worst headache I’ve ever had in my life. But I can’t stop staring. Staring at my phone screen at dozens of texts, Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit notifications. About this team. This GD team. This is the most incredible stretch of baseball I’ve ever seen.
Indians 3, Royals 2
It was a game for the ages. What started off looking like it might well be the end of the streak - stupid Royals bloop hits, Tribe bats getting shut down by a jabroni pitcher - ended up being magical. Down to their last strike, the likeliest of heroes came through to tie it up. Tied in the 10th, even more likely heroes sent a raucous crowd home happy. Long live Frankie. Long live Jose. Long live Jay. Long live the streak.
News & notes from The Streak
The Cleveland Indians have made baseball history | The Ringer
Forget the 1916 Giants for a moment. Even if you concede that theirs is the true record (and I do), what the Indians have done is nothing short of monumental.
There’s an infinite amount of links out there. I’ve tried to track down the best, but how can any of them say it better than Frankie and the Tribe Twitter account?
Let's go. pic.twitter.com/UECgMG7xnQ— Joel Hammond (@joelhammond) September 15, 2017
.@taylorswift13 You up? pic.twitter.com/13HKU2BsG5— WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW (@Indians) September 15, 2017
One other tweet acknowledged the supreme importance of last night’s hero:
Jay Bruce played his first game with the @Indians on Aug. 10. Cleveland is 31-5 since then.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 15, 2017
Speaking of the greatest Indian of all time...
Jay Bruce rejuvenated since joining the Indians | Toronto Star
Imagine playing half a season buried amidst a pile of zombies only to fight your way out and wind up on the best team in the American League. That’s the Jay Bruce story, and he’s a huge reason why the Tribe has made it this far.
More of Bruce in his own words, celebrating last night’s win:
Jay Bruce on the walk-off celebration that included baby powder and more:"Kids these days..." #Indians pic.twitter.com/1R10IQclxu— clevelanddotcom (@clevelanddotcom) September 15, 2017
Indians, simply refusing to lose extend historic winning streak | Cleveland.com
More Taylor Swift references, absurd run differential numbers, and celebrations of the varied contributions from the whole team. What else can you say?
Are the Indians “America’s Team?” | Hardball Talk
Recently, Bob Nightengale called the Tribe America’s team. Is there anything to it? Craig Calcaterra says no, because he’s a killjoy who hates fun. For what it’s worth, though, who cares? The rest of America doesn’t deserve this team. They’re ours.
The Windians aren’t going away | Fangraphs
And so what if they’re not America’s team? This is a team built to last and hang tough among even the biggest spenders in the league. We may never see another stretch like we’re seeing now, but we will hopefully be able to enjoy the core of this team for a long time.
News from all the other boring teams who aren’t in the midst of a historic winning streak
- Astros starter Mike Fiers was suspended for being a pouty little baby and throwing behind Luis Valbuena
- The stupid Twins walked off too thanks to a Byron Buxton homer
- Anthony Castrovince looks at baseball’s greatest streaks aside from just wins
- With Japanese star Shohei Otani’s arrival imminent, here’s a look at the best two-way players in baseball history