Jason Giambi vs. Chicago White Sox (Sept. 24, 2013)
I’m sure you’ve seen the video – and listened to Tom Hamilton’s call – 100 times before.
But do it again.
The 2013 season was simply magical for the Indians. There is just no other way to put it. But this video, and this call by Hammy, illustrate the passion that team played with in September. It still gives me the chills every time I watch it.
Entering September, the Indians sat 3.5 games out of a wild card spot and had lost their top pitcher, Justin Masterson, to an oblique injury. The cards were stacked against them, but Cleveland responded with some of the best baseball of the season, going 21-6 in the month and closing the season with a 10-0 winning streak.
The entire month, really, was memorable. It was the most fun Tribe fans have had since the late 1990s.
But there was no game more fun than September 24, the night Jason Giambi broke his own record and became the oldest player, at 42 years and 259 days, to hit a walk-off home run. More importantly, the night that defined the 2013 season.
That Indians team was resilient, winning 11 games on walk-off hits during the season. With a playoff race hanging in the balance and the Tribe down 4-3, the Giambino came to the dish and blasted a season-defining walk-off home run deep to right field – one of the “no doubter” variety.
Clearly, everyone was a little excited:
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