Entering September of 2013, the Indians’ chances at reaching the postseason seemed to be a long shot as best. The Tribe entered the month 72-64, trailed the Tigers by 7.5 games in the AL Central and were 3.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the second AL Wild Card spot.
Heading into the start of play on September 19, Cleveland had cut the gap with Tampa Bay and the Texas Rangers to just half a game and from that point on, made sure they would end their five-year postseason drought.
One of the most magical moments of their 10 game winning streak to finish off the 2013 season and clinch a postseason berth came on September 24 against the Chicago White Sox.
The White Sox traveled to Cleveland looking to play spoiler and appeared on their way to just that as they took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning.
With closer Addison Reed on the mound, the Indians odds appeared low as the White Sox closer struck out Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes to start the inning, allowed a single to Michael Brantley but then struck out Mike Aviles for the second out.
The move would pay off as Giambi stunned the White Sox with a two-run walk-off home to clinch at what the time was a fifth straight win for the Indians. With his walk-off, Giambi became the oldest player in baseball history to hit a walk-off home run breaking a record that was previously held by hall of famer Hank Aaron.