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In Cleveland, hope dies last

Memories of 1995

With the Indians having a late start Friday night on the West Coast, SportsTime Ohio rolled out the 1995 highlight reel to hold fans over until game time in San Francisco.

We don’t care if everyone in Wahoo red, white and blue was on steroids, we still love that team.

One hundred wins in a 144-game season, seven regulars who batted .300 or better, Albert Belle’s 50 home runs and 52 doubles, a young Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome, Orel Hershiser and Dennis Martinez.

It doesn’t seem possible that it was 16 years ago.

We’ll never forget the sweep against Boston, Paul Assenmacher striking out Ken Griffey Jr. in Game 5 against Seattle, Kenny Lofton’s dash home from second on a wild pitch in Game 6 at the Kingdome, and Hershiser coming up big in Game 5 of the World Series against Atlanta.

The only thing we’ve never figured out is how the Indians could be 10 games better than any other team that year, yet not have home field advantage for any round of the playoffs.

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