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Indians choose to wear Chief Wahoo on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, get swept out of ALDS

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Monday, October 8 marked Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a holiday celebrating the Indigenous peoples of America. The holiday was created as a counter-celebration of Columbus Day, which honors Christopher Columbus on the same day. Columbus, of course, was a much worse person than many of us were led to believe in school, and that’s putting it nicely.

Despite it being Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the Indians chose their home uniform brandishing the visage of the highly controversial mascot Chief Wahoo for Game 3 of the ALDS against the Astros on Monday at Progressive Field. We learned back in January that the Indians would no longer wear Wahoo on their uniforms starting next year — a great development, even if the impetus was commercial rather than moral. Despite the poor taste in uniform for Monday’s game, the Indians allowed the possibility for Wahoo’s last hurrah to be forever remembered as the day the Indians were swept out of the ALDS on Indigenous Peoples’ Day. That’s a bit on the nose. (Even more on the nose: the Braves also play on Monday and trail in the NLDS 2-1 to the Dodgers. They could also get eliminated on Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Karmic justice for continuing to use the “tomahawk chop.”)

The Astros rallied late to come from behind and defeat the Indians 11-3, punching their ticket to the ALCS and eliminating the Indians in the process. Wahoo is no more. All this having been said, the Astros’ victory on Monday is still bittersweet for anyone with morals as the Astros have their own shortcomings. Earlier this year, they went well out of their way to defend an alleged domestic abuser in closer Roberto Osuna. The ALCS will feature the Astros with Osuna as well as either the Red Sox or Yankees who have alleged abusers of their own (Steven Wright and Aroldis Chapman, respectively). I guess we’ll have to root for the meteor in the ALCS.

Jackie Bradley, Jr. named ALCS MVP

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Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series after his club punched its ticket to the World Series on Thursday night against the Astros.

Coincidentally, the Astros’ Game 5 starter Justin Verlander was ALCS MVP last year en route to a championship.

Bradley went 0-for-3 with a walk in Thursday’s Game 5, but he hit a three-run double in Game 2, a grand slam in Game 3, and a go-ahead two-run home run in Game 4. That’s nine RBI and three extra-base hits across five games. He also drew four walks.

Though Bradley had a solid regular season, he was not near the top of the list most people would’ve expected to win ALCS MVP heading into the series. During the season, he hit .234/.314/.403 with 13 home runs, 59 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases in 535 plate appearances.