The Magic is Back!

As Tom Hamilton said last night, “the magic is back!”

Travis Hafner‘s two-out, two-run homer was the Tribe’s 4th walk-off in the past two weeks, bringing back memories of 1995.

It was also the Tribe’s first walk-off when trailing with 2 outs since Bill Selby‘s grand slam off Mariano Rivera in 2002.

It’s hard to believe it’s been that long since the most dramatic type of walk-off, especially since they had eight during the Jacobs Field heyday.

Walk-off grand slam!

The Tribe just keeps on rolling and this time doing it in dramatic fashion.

With the game tied in the bottom of the 9th, Carlos Santana belted a walk-off grand slam off Detroit’s Joaquin Benoit. It was the Tribe’s first walk-off in that fashion since Jim Thome (also against the Tigers) in 2002.

And of course, we can’t talk about walk-off grand slam’s without mentioning Bill Selby. With two outs, two strikes and the Tribe trailing 7-6 against arguably the greatest closer in baseball history Selby – who hit just 11 career home runs – hit one of the most improbably homers in Indians history. It was the first walk-off home run allowed by Mariano Rivera, and is still the only walk-off grand slam he has given up.

Santana’s blast was also just the 11th walk-off grand slam for the Tribe in the past 50 seasons. Here are the others, curtousy of baseball-reference: