CLEVELAND - 1995 was the year a baseball playoff drought in Cleveland ended and oh how we celebrated.
The Indians beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 on Sept. 8, 1995 to clinch the American League Central.
The cheering, the mayhem, that feeling of exhilaration, no one wanted the on-field celebration to end.
After the video of the fans enjoying the win and the team clinching of the division title, we go into the Tribe’s clubhouse for the player celebration.
Looking at the video in our player and the people involved with the 1995 team, I wondered how 18 years could have passed so quickly.
Owner Dick Jacobs and general manager John Hart are being doused with champagne by Carlos Baerga, Dave Winfield and Tony Pena. Utility infielder Alvaro Espinoza and current Indians coach and then-catcher Sandy Alomar jump into the fray.
Manager Mike Hargrove has a cooler dumped over him while attempting to do an interview.
Finally, Orel Hershiser, who pitched himself to a 16-6 record in his first season with the Indians, talks about what the title means to those in the organization who put the team together.
The 1995 Indians went 100-44 in a season shortened at the beginning by a strike.
They beat the Red Sox in the Division Series, the Seattle Mariners in the League Series and lost to the Atlanta Braves in the World Series.
Jacobs sold the team to the Dolan family after the 1999 season. Jacobs died in 2009.