October 5, 1999 |
When we predicted with such assurance that the Angels and Dodgers would have competitive seasons, we probably forgot to mention that the season was spring. No matter. Baseball went on without the slightest regard for clubhouse revolts on Gene Autry Way or gross insubordination in Chavez Ravine. Indeed, local entrants aside, the game thrived. Now begin the playoffs, and reporter Tim Brown has more predictions to make. National League Houston Astros vs.
August 1, 1999 |
Angel General Manager Bill Bavasi left Edison Field Friday night thinking he had a trade in place to send pitcher Chuck Finley to the Cleveland Indians. But when Saturday night's game against the Minnesota Twins began, there was Finley, the 6-foot-6 left-hander, the 14-year veteran who has been an Angel institution, seemingly an Angel for eternity, on the Edison Field mound, receiving a warm ovation from a crowd of 37,011. Finley isn't going anywhere. At least, not this season.
May 14, 1999
Investors cheered Thursday when the majority owner of Cleveland Indians Baseball Co. put his team up for sale. The stock, which had languished well below June's $15 offering price, soared $6.31 to close at $16.25 on Nasdaq, getting initial investors out of the red--at least on paper.
October 15, 1998 |
Think the Cleveland Indians hit bottom when they lost the American League pennant to the New York Yankees? Think again. On Wednesday, a day after Indians shortstop Omar Vizquel grounded out to end the American League championship series, the stock of Cleveland's parent company sank to a new low of $5.38 before closing at $5.63, down 25 cents, on Nasdaq.
October 14, 1998 |
Asked this week whether he had dreams about Game 6 of the American League Championship Series, David Cone allowed that, well, yes, it sounds crazy, but he had one. "Horses," he said. "I want to see the horses." At 19 minutes before midnight here Tuesday, he got his horses. Huge, police-saddled animals that pranced on to the Yankee Stadium warning track to strains of "New York, New York." Giant pin-striped players who trampled over the Cleveland Indians while winning the American League pennant.
October 14, 1998 |
The game began in a heavy mist, and at times both teams played as if in a haze, but it was the Cleveland Indians who were finally left in the dust Tuesday night, flattened by a runaway subway train known as the 1998 New York Yankees. With a crowd of 57,142 making Yankee Stadium literally tremble with excitement, closer Mariano Rivera put the finishing touches on a 9-5 American League championship series Game 6 victory that clinched the Yankees' 35th pennant.
October 13, 1998 |
The morality play that has become the American League championship series continued Monday, with so much wailing and gnashing of reputations, you'd have thought somebody lost another baseball. But this time it was the Cleveland Indians. And this time, apparently, they have lost their minds. On a day when they were supposed to be resting, David Justice ran his mouth, Mike Hargrove was chased down from behind, and common sense took a flying leap.