Tom Hamilton, Indians. Is there anything better? Listen and watch to the Tribe’s radio play-by-play man call the moment the Tribe clinched the Central.
Tom Hamilton, Indians winning the AL Central. It’s music to Cleveland’s ears. “And once again Cleveland, YOU WILL HAVE AN OCTOBER TO REMEMBER,” Hammy shouted into the airwaves Monday night.
The Cleveland Indians are Central Division champs for the first time since 2007.
No sport celebrates winning one’s division as much as baseball, and for good reason.
Baseball is a game played every day. There’s ups and downs. Fifteen teams compete in the American League. Just five will will play postseason ball. Just three of those teams ensure themselves a three-game series.
So yes, celebrate. Winning the Central is a huge achievement. Hammy’s call comes at the 2:22 mark.
The Detroit Tigers have been a major roadblock for the Indians in recent years, but not in 2016. The Tribe, determined to show why their the new kings of the Central, are 14-2 against Detroit.
The Tigers are everything the Indians can’t be. The franchise spends a ton of money because it can. The Indians rotation was earning just $14 million this season. Tigers starter Justin Verlander was making upwards of $25 million on his own.
It was fitting that the Tribe got to pop the champagne in the visitor’s clubhouse.
Jason Kipnis is a team cornerstone. His emergence in the past few years has helped the Tribe solidify second base. The position hasn’t been this secure sense Roberto Alomar was playing on the corner of Carnegie and Ontario.
Double-fist away, Kip.
The Indians took injured players along for this road trip, because clinching the Central was inevitable.
Carlos Carrasco, who is lost for the season to injury, was on one of the social media’s first posters.
Jose Ramirez, who should be an MVP candidate, was proud to don some goggles for the fans he plays for in Cleveland.
Corey Cluber, aka “Klubot,” has tweeted twice since Aug. 8. But even winning a division championship helped the Stoic One cut lose a little bit.
Kluber used the title to talk a little trash to Cleveland.com beat writer Paul Hoynes, who predicted the season was over after injuries to Carrasco and Danny Salazar.
The Cy Young Award candidate then posted this picture of what appears to be Jason Kipnis laying in a hotel hallway.
Mike Clevinger, who was pitching in Columbus at the end of August, is now competing for a starting spot in the rotation come playoff time.
Manger Terry Francona, got “the bath of his life” according to Fox Sports Ohio. This is the same guy that ended Boston’s “Curse of the Bambino.” Judging by the video, you’d think he’d just won the World Series for a third time.
The Indians still have some work to do in determining playoff seeding. Either way, Cleveland will play its first postseason game Oct. 6.
The Indians last won a postseason series in 2007. That club defeated the New York Yankees in the ALDS. The Tribe made the playoffs in 2013, but lost to the Tampa Bay Rays in the Wild-Card playoff.