*Miguel Caberra won the Triple Crown. Let me put this into perspective for those of you who aren't baseball fans. No one has done this since 1967. No Detroit Tiger has done this since 1909 and that was Ty Cobb - even you non-sports fans have to know the name Ty Cobb. It's an amazing feat. Our manager, Jim Leyland, was very classy and pulled Miguel out in the middle of an inning so that, as he walked off the field, he could get the standing ovation that he so rightly deserved. The Tigers were in Kansas City for the final game of the season and the Kansas City baseball fans must be a classy lot, because they rose to their feet for him. Even the Royals’ players and managers took a moment to stand and cheer for Miguel. It was a sight to see and I wish I could have been there. The announcers said KC sold 12,000 tickets on the day of the game, which was attributed to people realizing that Miguel was about to make history and coming on down to see it happen live.
*Austin Jackson - one of the best outfielders in the Major Leagues but who, let’s face it, has always been known for his glove and his speed, but not his bat - finished the regular season with a .300 batting average. It’s the first time in his career. Leyland, earning my love right here, pulled him out the second Austin hit .300, to guarantee the man his numbers.
*Verlander led the MLB with 239 strikeouts and Max Scherzer followed him in second place with 231. Doug Fister broke the American League record for consecutive strikeouts with 9 in a row, a record previously held by Nolan Ryan & Roger Clemens, two names you may recognize. All of this proving that the Tigers have a ferocious mound to hit down.
*Prince Fielder played in all 162 games of the year. And honestly, there are too many other things for me to mention.
As some of you may remember, I was bitching because my boy, Don Kelly was removed from the roster. A few weeks before the end of the season, he showed back up in the outfield. No one picked him up and the Tigers, I guess, saw they still had need for him. (I felt evilly vindictive about it, to be honest). And after his show in the playoffs, I hope he is back to stay. They had one division series game that I couldn't watch because, UGH, it was only on the MLB Network and they were all, "Get the MLB Network today!" and I was all, "I don't have that kind of money, bitches!" Of course, it had to be the game Doug Fister pitched. And, of course. Don Kelly hit in the winning run to take the game. Bitches, my two favorite boys and you made me miss the game! Now I wouldn't get the MLB Network on principal!
And after the division series against Oakland…THE TIGERS HAVE MOVED ONTO THE ALCS!!!!
I would like to take a moment to tip my hat to Oakland. They had an amazing year, and though I am beyond thrilled for the Tigers to have made it through to the next level, I did think last night, “If we have to go down, best it be to the Athletics." These guys were 13 games behind on June 30 and they came back. They were 5 games out from the division lead with only 9 games left to play and they fucking took it. Veterans getting injured, rookies taking the lead, all season long for these guys...and they nailed it. Then just as the A’s were securing their spot in the playoffs, one of their pitchers, Pat Neshek, suffered the personal loss of his newborn son. He and his wife came home to the support of their team and Neshek helped pitch in the first game of the series. The A's honored his son by wearing patches on their uniforms with the baby's initials. I can't even say how that felt to watch him on the mound. Overall, it was hard to root against such an amazing team and I salute them.
Oakland, we'll see you again in next year's playoff season, I am sure of it.
And now...The standing rule of the American League - “As long as it’s not the Yankees.”
In Sum: YANKEES, WE ARE COMING FOR YOU, BITCHES!! LET'S STOMP THIS SHIT!!