Cleat Geeks

Tribe Take: A Season for the Ages

What an unfortunate ending. The team that holds the new record for a win streak at 22 games had their remarkable season come to a close with a Game 5 loss in the ALDS against the New York Yankees. The Indians, that is. The team that, after coming within one win of a title the season before, and a 100 win season this year, gave fans all the hope in the world that “this is our year.” But a rough end to a first round series against the Yanks closed out one of the greatest seasons in MLB history.

After coming off of Sunday’s loss up in the series 2 game to 1, the Indians had two chances to finish off the struggling Yankees. But Yankees pitcher Luis Severino, after struggling in the AL Wild Card Game, came out and pitched a gem in Game 4. The 23 year old struck out 9 and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits in 7 innings of work. Rookie sensation Aaron Judge picked up his first postseason hit, a 2 run double, and Gary Sanchez added a homer to force the series to a decisive Game 5 in Cleveland.

With win or go home on the line, “Sir Didi” Gregorius, the man asked to fill the shoes of the great Derek Jeter, stepped up. His 2 home runs off of Indians Cy Young Award nominee Corey Kluber helped the Yankees to cruise to a 5-2 ALDS clinching victory, sending the team with the best record in baseball home.

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An unfortunate ending, for sure, but still a season that the fans of the Indians and Cleveland sports as a whole should be extremely proud of. Our team took on adversity, after all the “3-1 blown lead” jokes, and came out and put on one of the best seasons we’ve seen in The Land. Our rookies and seasonal acquisitions and even the core players themselves all blended into beautiful harmony all year long, giving us something to cheer about; a team to love. This 2017 Cleveland Indians baseball team will never be forgotten, and should be glorified for all the bright lights they shined on the city they call home.

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