BOSTON, MA (WOIO)- The Indians are moving on to the ALCS for the first time since 2007, and the team says that sweeping the series at Fenway made it even better.
"There were ghosts here in Boston that we got rid of," said team owner Paul Dolan. The Indians blew a 2-0 lead against the Red Sox in the ALDS in 1999 and a 3-1 lead in the ALCS 2007.
"After '99, 2007, to come back into their house, on Papi's last night, and end it was really, really special," said Dolan.
The team had a well-deserved celebration at Fenway after the win, showering the clubhouse with champagne.
"A lot of guys didn't have us coming out of this one, and to beat them in three shows how ready we were and how ready we were to meet the challenge and not back down," said second baseman Jason Kipnis.
"I know we have some adversities," said Coco Crisp. "A couple of our star pitchers went down. Those are the times where that belief and that family, that family feeling that you have with your teammates, you have the faith that the next guy is gonna step up. And they did."
The level of difficulty goes up from here for the Indians, who are moving on to face the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALCS. With injuries affecting key members of the team, the Indians are left with Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin, making the starter for the fourth game a mystery.
But the team has never given up in the face of diversity, and they're not going to start now.
"We're happy, we're thrilled, we're honored that we won," said team manager Terry Francona. "We'll regroup and start thinking about tomorrow."
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