Sunday, October 08, 2006
Surprising Tigers. . .
So much for my confident prediction of a "subway" series on New York City pitting the New York Yankees against the New York Mets.
The Mets could still make it to the World Series, but the upstart Detroit Tigers sent the Bronx bombers packing Saturday afternoon with an impressive, even inspirational 8-3 win behind the strong pitching performance of right hander Jeremy Bonderman.
Bonderman retired the first 15 batters he faced. Craig Monroe's two-run homer propelled Detroit to its largest offensive attack of the series, sending the Tigers to their first postseason series victory since the 1984 World Series.
We watched ex-Texas Ranger, Kenny Rogers pitch a masterful Game Three for the Tigers. His catcher was Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, another former Ranger.
What a win for a city much in need of a win of just about any kind!
Tigers' manager Jim Leyland played aggressive baseball throughout the 4-game series against the Yankees. After the loss in Game One, the critics were out to get Leyland. However, in typical style, Leyland stayed with what he knew would give his team the best chance of staying with New York.
In Game Three Leyland's aggressive play resulted in a second win. The boo birds disappeared.
Detroit moves on to play the Oakland Athletics in the American League Championship Series that begins next Tuesday night in Oakland.
Hard not to be happy for the Tigers and their loyal fans.
I know the Tigers' win pleased my co-worker, Keith Ackerman. He, like my young friend Chris Field, has his fingers crossed for a Tigers-San Diego Padre series!
Could happen. The Padres are hanging on against the Cards. . .baseball is so great!