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The Day the Indians Died

NEW YORK - APRIL 16:  Cliff Lee #31 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the New York Yankees during opening day at the new Yankee Stadium on April 16, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. This is the first regular season MLB game being played at the new venue which replaced the old Yankee Stadium as the Yankees home field.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Chris KreitzerSenior Analyst INovember 5, 2016

The Monday of June 15th, 2009 was an optimistic one for Tribe fans. Their team had just won six of nine games and just witnessed their reigning Cy Young award winner no-hit the first place St. Louis Cardinals for 7 innings, pulling to a record of 29-36, the closest to .500 they had been for a long time. The Indians carried a 12-7 lead heading into the seventh inning over a solid Brewer ball club. Then, after the bullpen had been somewhat solid for a few weeks, the group of former 2009 Columbus Clippers gave up a collective eight earned runs over their collective relief duty and retrospectively finished the teams' chances for a comeback season (fittingly it was Major League the movie Monday, were all fans got Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn bobbleheads). Wedge went to his bullpen five times that night, and these are the folks (in order) who came out and what they did.











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