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    13 Reasons The '95 Cleveland Indians Were The Greatest Team Ever

    I am a Cleveland sports fan. LET ME HAVE THIS.

    1. The 1995 Cleveland Indians had arguably one of the best batting lineups of the whole entire 1990s.

    2. In 1995, Jacobs Field was still called Jacobs Field.

    3. And in 1995, the Indians went to the World Series for the first time since 1954. 1954!

    4. In the regular season, the Indians led the American League in nearly every offensive category, including runs scored (840), hits (1,461), home runs (207), runs batted in (803), stolen bases (132), batting average (.291) and slugging percentage (.479).

    5. Rumor has it that Jacobs Field had to Superglue all their bases down, because Kenny Lofton kept STEALING THEM.

    Look at him LITERALLY LEVITATE.

    That's right, the '95 Indians were so good they could actually defy gravity.

    6. In 1995, left fielder Albert Belle became the first player in major league history to hit 50 home runs and 50 doubles in the same season.

    Imagine being so awesome,* you could just chill out on a base.

    7. Jim Thome led the team by hitting .314 with 25 home runs and 73 RBIs.

    8. Eddie Murray proved that designated hitters are a good idea. Because he definitely hit as designated.

    9. Playing right fielder for the '95 Tribe was also a rookie named Manny Ramirez.

    Or maybe you have heard of this guy. His name is OREL HERSHISER.

    10. Sandy Alomar Jr. was not only a stellar catcher, but a solid hitter as well.

    Despite suffering a spring training knee injury, Alomar was hitting over .400 14 games into the season.

    11. Omar Vizquel won nine consecutive Gold Gloves, which was a record only beaten by A-Rod in 2002.

    12. José Mesa was a peerless closer and carried the team to many of their post-season victories.

    13. Manager Mike Hargrove expertly led the Tribe to their World Series appearance.

    However, 1995 ended on a heartbroken note, as Cleveland lost 4-2 to Atlanta in the World Series.

    Ever since, Cleveland fans have been left with a lingering hatred for the Atlanta Braves.

    Especially Chipper Jones.

    But luckily, the Indians had another banner year in 1997, defeating the Yankees and the Orioles to face the Marlins in the World Series.