Tribe last appeared in the 1997 Fall Classic.
Leading up to their last championship season in 1948, the Cleveland Indians played a instrumental role in racially progressing the league by then Manager Bill Veek signing Larry Dobe a player of of the Negro League’s Newark Eagles. The following year, Veek would sign Satchel Paige at the age of 42, the oldest rookie to every play in the Majors. Those and other moves set up their championship run in 1948, 28 years after their first World Series Title.
Fast forward 48 years later and the 2016 edition of the Cleveland Indians led by Manager Terry Francona are back in the World Series for the first time since the 1997 season when they fell to the Florida Marlin in the 11th inning of game seven.
“The baseball gods are really happy right now,” the Indians’ Mike Napoli said. “I wanted the Cubs to win, just because I knew how cool it would be to be a part of it. I think it’s going to be a special World Series. There’s two droughts, and there’s going to be a winner.”
“There’s a reason we’re here playing,” Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis said. “There’s a reason we’ve only lost one game this postseason. We’re playing pretty darn good baseball right now.
“We’re underdogs because we don’t match up in terms of numbers or stature or contracts. But when it comes to in between those white lines and playing the game of baseball, I like the way we match up with anybody.”
The wait is finally over. Tickets for the entire series are still available so grab a friend and grab your tickets and get out and support your Cleveland Indians as they attempt to win the World Series!
Cleveland Indians Outfielder Marlon Byrd has been suspended by Major League Baseball for 152 days for a positive test result for the growth hormone secretagogue Ipamorelin.
Byrd accepted the ruling and said he would not look to challenge the decision.
“When I learned that I had tested positive for Ipamorelin, I retained the services of private counsel and an independent chemist to determine the origin of the Ipamorelin test result because I never knowingly ingested Ipamorelin. After an extensive investigation by my lawyers and an independent chemist, it was concluded that the most likely source of Ipamorelin was a tainted supplement.
“I alone am responsible for what I put in my body, and therefore, I have decided for forgo my right to an appeal in this matter and accept the suspension. I apologize for any harm this has caused the Cleveland Indians, Indians’ fans, my teammates, and most importantly, my family.”
The Indians continue their four game home stand against the Kansas City Royals tonight. Last night, Mike Napoli put up a sacrifice fly ball himself to get Francisco Lindor across the plate in a walk off game ender, the teams’ second straight.
“It’s always fun,” Lindor said. “It’s always good to have moments like this, so we can continue to believe in ourselves. We can continue to push and we can continue to motivate each other, push each other and know that the game’s not over until the 27th out.”
Game two kicks off at 6:10 and will feature Edinson Volquez going up against the Roayls Danny Salazar. Tickets for all games are still available so be sure to get yours today and help cheer on your Cleveland Indians.
After dropping the first game of the season 6-2 to the Boston Red Sox, the Cleveland Indians bounced back last night after both Mike Napoli and Carlos Santana delivered crushing home runs to collect their first win of the season.
“It’s a really good win,” Napoli said. “They make the comeback, take the lead, and we were able to scrap away that run to tie the game and you know, ultimately I hit that homer to take the lead. So, great team win overall.”
The Indians have one more game against the Sox before hitting the road for a three game stand against the Chicago White Sox. Plenty of great tickets for today’s game are still available so be sure to get yours now and be there to cheer on your Tribe!