For a few weeks, the city of Cleveland just didn't lose.
After the Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2016 NBA Championship, the Cleveland Indians rattled off a franchise-record 14 straight wins, the longest win streak in the majors since 2013. In that span, they outscored their opponents by a whopping 82-27 run differential.
They were simply unstoppable, earning series sweeps over the Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers and Atlanta Braves. But the streak came to an end July 2 when the Toronto Blue Jays bested them 9-6. Still, their record-setting run was as impressive as any, and there were plenty moments that fans will remember for years to come.
Who doesn't love a walk-off home run?
It all started with the heroics of Carlos Santana. In the first of their 14-straight wins, the Chicago White Sox tied it up 2-2 in the top of the 9th. Santana was 0-for-3 on the day when he came up to bat in the bottom of the inning, but none of that seemed to matter.
Extra innings means extra fun.
A couple of days later, the Indians were again tied with the White Sox in the bottom of the 10th. The bases were loaded with two outs for Jose Ramirez, and his at-bat would could either send the game into the 11th inning or end the game in dramatic fashion. He chose the latter:
It took the equivalent of two games for the Indians to get their 14th win in the streak. The Tribe battled the Toronto Blue Jays for 19 innings before Santana extended the streak the same way he started it.
Sweeping the Tigers.
Wins 7 through 9 in the win streak came against the Detroit Tigers, adding to their season dominance against the AL Central rival. Detroit has yet to beat the Indians this season, which deviates from the narrative of previous seasons. Over the last three years, the Tribe have gone 19-37 against the Tigers and watched them claim two division titles.
They've outscored Detroit 60-20 this season, with Mike Napoli leading the helm as the Tigers' killer.
Could this have come at a better time?
Prior to the Cavaliers' Game 7 victory against the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland held the longest championship drought in professional sports. Between the Browns' failures on the gridiron and the post-LeBron era for the Cavaliers, Cleveland was typically regarded as one of the unluckiest cities for professional sports.
It wasn't enough that the Cavaliers gave Cleveland its first title in 54 years. Between June 16 and July 2, the city of Cleveland didn't lose a professional sports game.
It seemed that with every ensuing victory, the Indians fed off the positivity that came with extending what the Cavaliers had accomplished.
The Indians are now 18 games over .500, with a commanding lead atop the AL Central.null