The Cleveland Indians 2020 season came to a crushing end Wednesday. Not it’s time to look back and reflect on the most unique season in team history.
In a season that some called “fake” due to just 60 regular season games being played and no fans allowed in any ballpark amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the heartbreak of Cleveland Indians fans was anything but fake.
The Tribe put together a 35-25 regular season resulting in locking down the fourth seed in the AL postseason, the Indians season ended in heartbreak as they were swept in a best-of-three Wild Card series by the New York Yankees.
After watching Shane Bieber allow seven-runs in a 12-3 Game 1 loss, Wednesday’s Game 2 loss was among the most painful losses in team history. The Indians took a 4-0 first-inning lead only to watch their former third basemen Gio Urshela hit a go-ahead grand slam in the top of the fourth.
Cleveland would claw back to take a 9-8 lead into the top of the ninth where Brad Hand blew his first save of the entire season by allowing two runs as the Yankees stole a 10-9 season to send the Indians home for what figures to be a gut-wrenching offseason.
While a potentially dark offseason may loom and the Indians’ season ended in heartbreak, there was plenty of positive to take away from their 2020 season. Here’s a look back at some of the best and worst moments and some hardware for the most and least valuable Cleveland Indians of 2020.