In­di­ans’ record-break­ing streak stands test of time

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS - By Stephen Ruiz

David Eck­stein did not start pay­ing at­ten­tion to the Cleve­land In­di­ans’ his­toric win­ning streak un­til it reached 18 or 19 vic­to­ries.

Ex­cuse Eck­stein, a San­ford na­tive and two-time World Se­ries champion, if he was not en­grossed by the streak’s early stages. He is no stranger to such ex­tended ex­cel­lence, al­beit on the wrong side.

Eck­stein was on the 2002 Ana­heim An­gels when their divi­sion ri­val, the Oak­land Ath­let­ics, es­tab­lished the Amer­i­can League record with 20 con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries.

“It was like, ‘Are they ever go­ing to lose?’ ’’ Eck­stein said. By win­ning 22 games in a row, streak that ended with a 4-3 a loss to the Kansas City Roy­als on Fri­day night, the In­di­ans eclipsed the A’s stan­dard. They also chal­lenged the ma­jor-league record, a 26-vic­tory lap by the 1916 New York Gi­ants.

The In­di­ans’ ab­surdly long

JA­SON MILLER/GETTY IMAGES

Cen­tral Florida’s Fran­cisco Lin­dor, left, cel­e­brates with Jay Bruce af­ter Cleve­land breaks the record.

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