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Top Three Moments in Cleveland Indians Modern History
Wow, what a ride it's been, over 105 years as the Cleveland “Indians” we have seen it all as fans, great teams, terrible teams, ten cent beer night, draft picks, division championships, and two world championships.
Admittedly I have not been around for all of that, but I have seen some pretty cool moments in my time as a Cleveland fan. As we officially retire the moniker of “Indians” for the Cleveland baseball team here is a look back at my top three moments in franchise history.
No. 3 Corey Kluber Strikes out 18
With all due respect to the pitchers who have thrown no hitters, perfect games, and of course the elusive 20 strikeout club...this is the greatest regular season pitching performance of all-time.
May 15, 2015, I remember sitting in my parents' house and watching Kluber simply shut down the Cardinals offense. To make this even more special Kluber took a no-hitter into the 8th inning and guess who broke it up? Johnny Peralta, I mean how can you not be romantic about baseball?
No. 2 Francisco Lindor’s Game 2 ALDS Walk-Off Slam
As I sit and write this on the fourth anniversary of this game, having watched the Yankees get bounced from the playoffs yesterday I can’t help but be sentimental.
Despite my mixed feelings about the guy now, and some of his comments about Cleveland fans, in 20 years when Lindor is in Cooperstown this highlight will be the first to come to my mind. I had to take a lot of time thinking between this and his hit to give the Indians their chance to win their 22nd straight win, but in the end this was in the playoffs so it got the nod.
No. 1 Rajai Davis Game 7 2016 WS
Really so much has been written about this in the years since it happened that I don’t have much more to say about this. I will however say that when I saw this happen live I was living in Israel, it was about 3:00 a.m., and I may or may not have woken up may entire apartment by shouting. This was and will forever be my favorite baseball memory, that is until a real World Series victory has been recorded.
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