Sunday, September 30, 2007

One Last Look Back...

It is always better to look ahead and not dwell on the past but for the moment, let's do a quick review on how we got where we are in the 2007 season. Below are some highlights, and a couple of stumbles along the way that helped us reach the division championship:

4/2 Grady Sizemore sets the tone for the season leading off game 1 vs. Chicago with a home run!
4/4 Jason Michaels saves the game with a falling down, against the wall catch in Chicago!

4/6 - 4/9 Home Opener Weekend SNOWED OUT!

4/10 - 4/12 Tribe wins 2 out of 3 from the Angels "at Home" in Milwaukee!
4/19 Yankees turn 6-2 deficit into 8-6 victory by scoring 6 runs in the bottom of the 9th!
4/24 Carmona beats Santana and the Twins 5-3!
4/25 Peralta's walk-off single vs. Texas!
4/27 Sizemore's inside the park home run vs. the Orioles!
4/28 Baltimore is awarded a run from the 3rd inning in the 6th inning!
5/2 Hafner's walk-off double beats Toronto 7-6 in 11 innings!
5/13 Oakland's Jack Cust's walk-off 3-run homer off of Fernando Cabrera sinks Tribe on Mother's Day!
5/17 Fausto's 4-hitter beats Santana again!
5/28 Trot Nixon's welcome back to Fenway!
6/1 Dellucci's walk-off single vs. Detroit wins the game, 12-11!
6/17 Casey Blake's hitting streak reaches 26 games vs. Atlanta!
6/21 Cliff Lee loses control, beans Sammy Sosa on his day, and mixes it up with victor Martinez in the locker room hallway.
6/23 Martinez hits a 9th inning 3-run home run in Washington!
6/26 Cliff Lee loses his control again and gestures to the home fans with his cap.
6/26 Shoppach hits a pinch hit 3-run home run to beat Oakland!
6/29 Ben Francisco hits a walk-off home run to beat Tampa Bay!
7/2 Sizemore hits a grand slam vs. Tampa Bay in 10-2 win, Sizemore's 500th career hit!
7/3 Tom Mastney somehow escapes a bases loaded in the 10th inning as the Tribe wins 5-4 in the 11th!
7/13 Garko beats the Royals with a walk-off single!
7/17 Garko ties the White Sox with a 9th inning home run and wins it in the 11th with a single!
7/27 Lofton returns "home" and helps defeat Twins going 3 for 5!
8/3 Indians beats Santana again!
8/23 Lofton pinch hits in the 10th inning and puts the Tribe ahead in Detroit!
8/26 Hafner singles in the 11th to put the Tribe ahead in Kansas City!
8/27 Triple play in victory over the Twins!
8/29 Sabathia beats Santana!
8/30 Lofton...walk-off walk beats Seattle!
9/3 Sabathia beats Santana again as Indians are 5-0 vs. the Cy Young winner!
9/4 Hafner ties the Twins with a 9th inning 2-run shot, then gets the go-ahead run home with a sac fly!
9/14 Blake has a walk-off home run vs. K.C.!
9/17 Blake has a walk-off home run vs. Detroit!
9/24 Tribe clinches Central Division beating Oakland!
9/25 Lofton hits a go-ahead sac fly in the 12th inning in Seattle!
9/26 Tribe wins "at home" in Seattle!
9/26 Carmona wins #19
9/26 Borowski blows his second consecutive save in two nights!
9/27 Sizemore gets picked-off 1st with 2 outs during a 9th inning rally!
9/28 Sabathia wins #19 vs. Royals and Tribe clinches home field for the first round of the playoffs!
9/30 Tribe ties for the best record in baseball with 96 wins...Joe Borowski earns save #45!

It was a fabulous season! Here is hoping the Indians continue their good fortune right through October!
Looking immediately ahead, we face the New York Yankees in a best of 5 playoff beginning Thursday. Yes, the same Yankees that beat the Tribe 6 out of 6 chances this season. But, is it the same Tribe?
The Cleveland Indians won 96 games this season and absolutely have earned their playoff berth. With a great game plan coupled with their never quit attitude and two Cy Young candidates in the Yankees faces, the Cleveland Indians have an excellent chance of advancing to the next round of the playoffs.
The planning must be aggressive and should include, "Sweep the Yankees!" We cannot afford to give an inch!
Go Tribe!!!

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