Did you feel the earthquake Thursday night?
It was Prince Fielder jumping up and down when he made the ALCS deciding catch that eliminated the New York Yankees and placed the Tigers in the World Series again. The next tremor came when the Tigers pounced out of the dugout to celebrate before more than 40,000 fans at Comerica Park.
Baseball is a strange sport. The Tigers went from a middle of the pack team to the best in baseball. I do believe they will beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series which owns a 3-1 lead over the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS. It just goes to show that anything can happen in baseball and once you get into the playoffs it is like having a lottery ticket. You’ve got just as good a chance as any unless you are the fading Yankees who went out with a wimper.
But enough about the Yankees. I don’t want to be like the national media which virtually ignored the Tigers during the series. There was more coverage on Alex Rodriguez collecting women’s phone numbers than the Tigers collecting hits. It was sick.
The Tigers are in the World Series because some of the old reliables like Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera and Doug Fister came through. But they also won because the secondary unit stepped up.
Three weeks ago who would think Phil Coke would be your closer? Who thought he’d be your closer and actually pitch well? What were the odds of Delmon Young being your most valuable player? And how many of you thought Jhonny Peralta would turn into Alan Trammell at short stop?
The Tigers are in the World Series and that is a great thing. Now it is time to win it. They have not won one since 1984 and it is time to end that streak. Being the best team means nothing. I thought they were the best team in 2006 but a number of pitching blunders cost the Tigers against the Cardinals.
I hope manager Jim Leyland has the men working on fielding bunts once the celebration ends.