Happy Sunday, everyone!
Indians 15, Tigers 0
From the first home run by Francisco Lindor to the final strikeout by Brad Hand, yesterday’s AL Central clinching game was a celebration for the Cleveland Indians as they set their sights on the upcoming ALDS.
Side note: As of this writing (12:30 a.m. PT), if you go to Cleveland.com, the big story that takes up the majority of the entirety of the front page is a banner about Josh Gordon being released on Monday and Ohio State beating TCU. You have to scroll a bit to find any mention of the Tribe’s third straight division title. Make of that what you will.
Saturday’s clinch was a big moment for a lot of players in Cleveland, especially those who have come up through the organization and have seen low points in the franchise.
The Indians will meet either the Houston Astros or the Oakland Athletics in the ALDS, depending on which team wins the AL West. Thankfully, the Indians don’t need to battle for their playoff spot over the next two weeks. Instead, they can rest, get their reps in, and set the stage for another October to remember.
It hasn’t always been easy, but this year has provided some incredible moments for Tribe fans. Here’s to some more in October.
It wouldn’t be an Indians’ playoff run without injuries. And despite Tito saying “he’s fine”, I have worries.
Most (if not all) believed that Cleveland would take the AL Central in 2018. Now that it’s official, they need to work towards doing the other thing that has eluded them for 69 years.
Miller has two weeks to sharpen up for the ALDS. Let’s hope it’s enough time.
A great career is coming to an end for one of the nicest guys in baseball. Congratulations on a well earned retirement, Victor.
Tito has a lot of confidence in the medical staff.
The difference in the photographs from back in the 20s and 40s compared to the most recent celebrations is hilarious.
Around the league
- Yasiel Puig’s teammates told him to stop hitting ground balls, so he hit 3 home runs in a game instead.
- Juan Soto made some history with his three stolen bases.
- Jeremy Hellickson injured his wrist while batting and may be done for the season.
- Don Mattingly reunited with a former Make-a-Wish recipient 30 years after their initial meeting.
- Minor league players are still looking at the possibility of unionizing to combat their criminally low wages.
- So now that the Indians had an easy road to the ALDS and the Yankees are stuck behind the Red Sox, folks are starting to wonder if the seeding is fair in the playoffs. My message to the Yankees: Want to avoid the Wild Card game? Win your [redacted] division.
- What now?