October 24th, 2007 - Boston defeats Cleveland 11-2 to win ALCS 4-3, eliminating Cleveland.
After defeating the New York Yankees 3-1 in the ALDS, Cleveland set the date with Boston in the ALCS. After losing Game One with their best pitcher, CC Sabathia, things didn't look bright. However, Cleveland won a remarkable Game Two by scoring seven in the 11th inning to tie the series up.
Heading back to Cleveland, Cleveland felt momentum on their side with a charged crowd that waved white rally towels with spirit and hope. Two games later, Cleveland was up 3-1 and staring a trip to the World Series dead in the eyes. Two problems: Josh Beckett and the Boston Red Sox.
Earlier this decade, we learned just what type of team Boston was when they came back from the Yankees 3-0. They also knew how clutch Josh Beckett was with similar voodoo magic against the Yankees when he was a Marlin.
With Beckett on the mound for Game Five, Boston won the game to send the series back to Boston. More concerning was CC Sabathia's third straight postseason game ending with a bitter taste in his mouth. It would be up to Fausto Carmona to repeat his ALDS Game Two magic.
With bases loaded early in Game Six, Carmona served up a grand slam to JD Drew. It was at that point where things looked like they were going Boston's way. Game Seven would be a one-game sprint to the World Series. Everyone will point to "The Stop Sign" when Joel Skinner held Kenny Lofton up at third with one out and down one run.
Casey Blake would ground into a double play in the next at-bat to end the inning and completely swing momentum Boston's way into Cleveland's playoff coffin.
It was a remarkable year for the Indians, from the snow out that led them to playing their home opener in MIlwaukee to Game Two of the ALDS when bugs overcame a rattled Joba Chamberlain, but it would end in ultimate heartbreak.
Nov. 13th, 2007 - CC Sabathia Wins 2007 AL Cy Young Award.
2007 was a year of success for Cleveland, despite falling in the ALCS to Boston. Eric Wedge was named Manager of the Year, Grady Sizemore put himself on the map as far as one of the best all-around players in the game, and the crown jewel of the Indians achievements came when Sabathia won the AL Cy Young.
Many believed Josh Beckett due to his postseason dominance over Cleveland should have been the pick or even Sabathia's own teammate Fausto Carmona could have won it, but no one can deny that Sabathia at least deserved it.