After missing the postseason in 2014 and 2015, the Cleveland Indians put together a stellar 2016 season that included a 14-game winning streak from June 17 to July 1.
As a result, Cleveland entered September in position to win their first AL Central title since 2007. To do so, they’d need to knockoff the Detroit Tigers on their home field who had won the division title five past seasons.
The Indians wasted no time putting the Tigers streak to bed as in the first game of the series, Cleveland jumped on Detroit starter Buck Farmer in the top of the second as Coco Crisp delivered a two-run home run.
Detroit would tie the score, but in the top of the fifth, RBI’s from Jason Kipnis and Mike Napoli put Cleveland ahead 4-2 and from there, the Tribe would never fall behind as they went onto win the game 7-4 and clinch their first division title in seven-years against the team who had owned the division.
The division clincher would be the start of a magical run for the 2016 Indians as they swept the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS, took down the Blue Jays in the ALCS and took the Chicago Cubs to extra innings of game seven in the world series before finally seeing their season end.
While the moment of clinching the division may be best known as a champagne celebration and end of a nine-year streak, winning on the field of the team that had ruled the division for half a decade makes the 2016 clincher among the most memorable of the last 10 years for the Indians.