Let's take a look at the best smiles from the Indians' 21-game winning streak
There's a lot to be happy about in Cleveland right now. The Indians not only have the best record in the American League, but find themselves on a 21-game win streak, which is the longest in AL history. Making it all even more impressive is how they've done it. The Indians have outscored their opponents by over 100 runs during the streak and have shut out their opponents seven times.
In short, it's all smiles around the Indians right now, and their current winning streak has produced some good ones. Here are some of the best ones since the first win of the streak on Aug. 24.
Aug. 25: Joe Smith laughs at his own expense
The first notable smile of the win streak came out of embarrassment rather than pure joy. During win No. 2, reliever Joe Smith went to the mound on Players Weekend wearing the wrong pair of pants. When Terry Francona came out to let him know, Smith couldn't help but laugh at his oversight.
Don't worry, as the wins piled up, the smiles became less awkward.
Aug. 26: Mike Clevinger celebrates an out
Just one day later -- during the third win of the streak -- Clevinger had occasion to celebrate when Bradley Zimmer likely saved a run with a diving catch in the fifth inning of a tie game.
The Indians went on to win the game, 4-0, for the second shutout of the streak.
Sept. 1: Carlos Carrasco learned there's no reason to be nervous
The Indians entered the first game of a Sept. 1 doubleheader against the Tigers seven games into the streak. Carrasco, then, could be forgiven for being a little nervous before giving in to a bright smile.
Sept. 2: Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana have some fun
When you reach the 10th win in a streak, the smiles start to come more easily. They even pop up in situations that, from the outside, don't seem particularly happy. In the top of the 9th inning of the Indians' 5-2 win over the Tigers, Carlos Santana was hit by a pitch. Normally, that's nothing to smile about, but winning, as you can see, changes all that.
Sept. 7: Greg Allen's first career home run
Allen's first career home run gave the Indians a 10-2 lead in what would eventually be the 15th win of their streak. So, you'll excuse him if he showed how much fun he was having while touring the Guaranteed Rate Field basepaths.
Sept. 9: Trevor Bauer cracks a smile during an interview
During the team's 17th consecutive win, teammates threw sunflower seeds at Bauer during an on-camera interview. That's supposed to be annoying, but, as Bauer's smile showed, winning turns the annoying into the amusing.
Sept. 10: Lindor smiled while homering
Lindor is on the record that, were he not a baseball player, he would pursue a career in dentistry. If he ever finds himself looking for a name for his practice, he may look back on this home run during the team's 18th consecutive win and settle on The Dinger Dentist:
Sept. 13: Lonnie Chisenhall celebrates the record
Chisenhall got the honor of recording the final out of the team's historic 21st consecutive win. Unsurprisingly, that appeared to have been a pretty good experience for the outfielder:
As Chisenhall's pearly whites make clear, not even an 0-for-4 day at the plate could get in the way of the ecstasy of being a part of history.
The Indians' streak remains active. So, perhaps the next game will bring even more smiles for baseball's hottest team.