In the top of the tenth, the White Sox took a two-run lead.
In the bottom of the tenth, the Indians clinched a playoff spot.
Here’s the video:
— FOX Sports Cleveland (@FOXSportsCLE) September 23, 2020
It started off, this bottom of the tenth, with Francisco Lindor and a deep double to dead center off the glove of Luis Robert at the wall.
And then, Cesar Hernandez drawing a walk.
And then, Jose Ramirez—the MVP candidate. A 2-2 pitch from Jose Ruiz, and the ball soaring, crashing into the empty, should-be raucous seats in Cleveland.
Jose Ramirez of the @Indians is the second player in MLB history to hit a walkoff 3-run homer (or grand slam) while trailing to clinch a playoff berth for his team.
The other was Bobby Thomson for the Giants with his "Shot Heard 'Round the World" in 1951.#OurTribe
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) September 23, 2020
Jose Ramirez: unreal.
Ramirez drills a three-run, walk-off home run and the Indians have clinched their spot in the postseason.
Lindor and Hernandez extended the inning long enough to get to Ramirez, and the hottest hitter in baseball ended it.
— Ryan Lewis (@ByRyanLewis) September 23, 2020
Jose Ramirez has 6 homers since Thursday
— Aaron Goldhammer (@HammerNation19) September 23, 2020
Indians win, 5-3.
They’re into the 2020 postseason.
And as for that Jose Ramirez, potential MVP of the American League, his fifth-straight star season in Cleveland, waxing heroics with no one there to see it…
The very next night, they were chanting for him:
The fake crowd at Progressive Field has started the M-V-P chants for José Ramírez.
— Mandy Bell (@MandyBell02) September 23, 2020
A sold-out invisible crowd, deafening and digital, going wild in artificial adoration for their man.