WATCH: The Cleveland Indians On-Field Celebration After Winning 22nd Straight Was Just the Coolest
It’s hard to believe that Major League Baseball, in 2017, could have found a plot to surpass the 2016 dramatics of the Chicago Cubs ending their 108-year championship drought in extra innings of Game 7 of the World Series. But the Cleveland Indians — the team that fell to the Cubbies a year ago — have authored their own remarkable story. It’s a story that has become one of the coolest not just in baseball, but one of the coolest across all of American sport in recent memory.
Winners of 21 consecutive games, the Indians trailed the Kansas City Royals 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning on Thursday night. Down to his final strike, Francisco Lindor drove in the game-tying run with a double to send the game to extra innings.
And in the 10th, Jay Bruce — who was stuck on the hapless New York Mets just six weeks ago — plated the game-winner with a base hit down the right field line.
The celebration, posted in full above, was truly a joy to watch. The crowd at Cleveland’s Progressive Field was in an absolute frenzy. Bruce was mobbed by his teammates — who proceeded to dump baby powder on him, for some reason.
“Kids these days… you never know what you’re going to get hit with,” Bruce said (via Zack Meisel of The Athletic).
The streak — now at 22, baseball’s longest since 1916 — has become so big that a championship almost feels anti-climactic at this point. Someone wins the World Series ever year. But few teams in any sport ever go on a streak like this.
But tell that to the denizens of Believe-land. Their beloved Indians haven’t won the World Series since 1948.
Watch above, via the MLB Network.
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