The Cleveland Indians should savor this moment, bask in the ambiance of the morning after winning their record-setting 21st consecutive game as they scratch and crawl for another shot at the World Series.
UPDATE (9/15): Indians have now won 22 games in a row.
When the Oakland Athletics set the American League record with a 20-game winning streak in 2002, the team looked exhausted – as though they’d given everything they could to reach that pinnacle that hadn’t been touched since the 1916 New York Giants enjoyed a 26-0 stretch. This Tribe, however, looks like it may never lose again.
Are the Indians America’s Team now? Some would say no, but our producer says yes. During the 21-win streak, Cleveland outscored opponents 139–35, hit 41 home runs, and only allowed 35 runs scored. They haven’t just been winning, they’ve been butternut squashing opponents like the soup.
But who are the stars of such a valuably streaking team, you ask?
MVP during streak: One of Jose Ramirez (.388 during streak) or Francisco Lindor Chocolates (.370) would take home this honor, though neither is a clear choice. No errors for either one during same timeframe.
Cy Young during streak
And in case you need an excuse for absence, Cleveland has you covered.
1. Present to boss/teacher
2. Run away
3. Get tickets
4. Possibly be part of history
Please, please, please arrive early — gates @ 11AM. pic.twitter.com/wfmbBR4iEo
— WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW (@Indians) September 13, 2017
For Cleveland, what a time to be alive. Groundhog day.