Red Sox coach was there for last 20-game win streak

Rob Bradford
September 12, 2017 - 11:48 pm

Carlos Febles can feel the pain of the Detroit Tigers.

Much like those member of the Tigers who the 20th straight victim of the Indians -- keeping the historic Cleveland win streak going by dropping a 2-0 decision to Terry Francona's club, Tuesday night -- Febles felt the pain of being the puncutation for history.

The Portland Sea Dogs manager, who is currently with the big league club, was a member of the Kansas City Royals team that lost to the A's on Sept. 4, 2002, giving Oakland what was then a record 20-game win streak.

"It was a great feeling for them, not for us," Febles remembered. "We got there and we were like, 'We have to stop them.' That was a team that was on a roll. They were pitching, they were hitting, they were playing great defense. And the energy they were playing with, it was hard for us to keep up with that. They came back and beat us. I remember that day. You just want to beat that team, but at the same time they had it going. And they had a great team. It was kind of tough to see those guys beat us and celebrate.

"We were like, 'We got them. We got them.' But at the end of the day it kind of sucked because they came back to beat us."

If you saw the movie 'Moneyball' the game might ring a bell. The 12-11 Oakland win highlighted Brad Pitt's triumphant climb to the top that season, with Scott Hatteberg/Chris Pratt hitting the walk-off homer the ninth inning after the A's had fallen behind 11-0 after three innings.

For 15 years, it had been the longest win streak in the expansion era. That was until the Indians tied the mark Tuesday night. Oakland went 15-8 the rest of the way before losing in five games to Minnesota in the American League Division Series.

"The way I see it is once you get the momentum and you're a good team, you're a tough team to beat," Febles said. "We were at the bottom and we were weren't playing good. We were a last-place team playing the hottest team in baseball, trying to stop them. If you go back, it sucks, but at the same time it's cool to see teams accomplish something like that. To win 20 straight games is hard. You win 10 straight games seems like 1,000 games. To win 20? I can't imagine.

"Cleveland. Wow. When are they going to stop?"

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