Scott Hatteberg celebrates his walk-off homer which gave the A’s their 20th consecutive win on 9/4/02.
My friend texted me the other day and asked me how I felt about the Cleveland Indians challenging the Oakland Athletics’ American League record of 20 straight wins set back in 2002.
It was a scenario I was very well aware of anytime a team reaches double digits in a winning streak. Many teams since 2002 have reached that plateau but no team has come close to eclipsing the record set by my favorite team. Until the Indians.
On Monday night, the Indians dominated the toothless Detroit Tigers 11-0 to win their 19th game in a row. One more today and they tie the A’s for the American League record.
The Indians are my favorite to win the World Series this year. I have a soft spot for the team and since high school, I adopted them as my second favorite baseball team. My friend also wants to see them win it all this year. And that’s what I hope is the end result for the team this year.
But please, Indians, don’t win 20 games in a row.
I get it. The Indians want to slowly separate their identity with Chief Wahoo. That logo was seen on the caps of the Indians for essentially their entire postseason run instead of an appearance of the block C cap.
But now the news has surfaced that the cap logo will not be seen as much.
Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com spoke to the team’s clubhouse manager.
Clubhouse manager Tony Amato said the Indians won’t have an alternative jersey until 2018 after retiring the cream jerseys last season. They will, however, retain the red caps from the cream uniforms and wear them with their blue tops at home in 2017.
So with this news, this is what we are expecting next season.
Any other year the Cubs winning the World Series would be great! I would be happy for them and I would lavish in their celebration. I am still happy for them. But I wish it didn’t happen this way.
I am an A’s fan through and through so the Cubs winning doesn’t affect me. There are former A’s on the Cubs and the Indians I cheered for. But the Indians were the team I wanted to win.
Since high school I adopted the Indians as my second favorite team. I always have a secondary team in all sports. I chose them because they were an American League team. They also were going through a drought and they weren’t in a major city like New York or Los Angeles. I liked the players on the team at the time so I decided to follow them.
I am going to miss Coco Crisp. He was one of the rare modern Oakland A’s players that stuck around for over five years. He was the rare kind that embodied the city and was beloved by fans. He wasn’t great all the time and he had his flaws, but he was so essential to so many great moments during his time with the team. Even though the A’s didn’t win a championship during that time, he brought some great moments for Oakland.
I had interviewed him on the phone in January 2010 and he was a great guy to talk to. Here is part of the interview. Continue reading
It would make sense if a player would get some compensation for someone selling his game-worn jersey. John Axford revealed that MLB does not do that. Instead the league takes the jersey and auctions it off without the player getting a single dime.
You can say that the player makes a ton of money so this really isn’t a big loss of money. That is true. But the principal is still faulty. The player should deserve some portion of the money at least. Well, that’s how it should work in other professions. The jersey may be team-issued but what the player does with the jersey is what gives it that extra value.
Well, that’s how it is and I don’t think it will change.
Who had the greatest relief appearance in postseason history: Pedro Martinez or Madison Bumgarner?
When Madison Bumgarner shut the door on the Kansas City Royals in Game 7 of the World Series, I called it one of the most brilliant baseball moves and performances of all time. Bumgarner’s entire postseason as a whole may be the best ever.
And with Pedro Martinez’s recent induction in the Hall of Fame, I got a chance to relive his career and watch his relief performance in the 1999 ALDS — a performance that could have cost him his career. It was the cherry on top to one of the greatest pitching seasons of all time.
(Click here to read the ongoing debate)
Since then I have debated which relief performance was more impressive. Which would be the greatest of all time. I ended up with the conclusion that they are 1A and 1B — but Martinez’s performance being 1A. I posed this question on Twitter and had a healthy debate as why Bumgarner’s appearance should be higher. I will now defend my stance.
During the offseason, the Indians announced that they would make their primary home caps and their alternate road caps’ shade of blue match their throwback jerseys. This made sense in terms of having some uniformity in their uniform.
On Wednesday, they wore their alternate cap in addition with their alternate jersey. This made sense for the jersey to match the caps. However, the shade of blue, which the team calls “Midnight Navy” looked really dark. So dark that at first glance, it looks black.