Thursday, October 18, 2012

My Detroit Tigers are going to the World Series!

For the 11th time in their 111 years of playing big league baseball in Detroit, the Tigers, the team I've loved for 45 years, are going to the World Series.

The Tigers won their 11th American League Pennant tonight, sweeping the New York Yankees, pounding the Pinstripes, 8-1.

From the days of Charlie Bennett and Bennett Park, Ty Cobb, Wahoo Sam Crawford,Ty Cobb, and Navin Field, the Tigers have always made their mark in American League history.

The Tigers went to three consecutive World Series, 1907-08-09, the 1st big league team to do so.

Over 42,000 fans waited out a one day rain delay to watch the Tigers add one more memorable moment to their lives.

The Tigers have been my favorite baseball team since I learned about baseball in the mid 1960's, and I couldn't be prouder of my team, a bunch of guys who never quit during the 2012 regular season.

The Tigers will face either the Giants, or the Cardinals, in the World Series, starting next Wednesday.

In 1934 & 1935 the Tigers went to back to back World Series, winning the the City of Detroit's 1st ever World Series Title, in '35, beating the Chicago Cubs.

Those great Tigers teams were known as the "G-Men," of Hank Greenberg, Charlie Gehringer, and Goose Goslin.

The Tigers are having a year for all fans to celebrate in 2012.

The Tigers signed free agent first baseman Prince Fielder.

Miguel Cabrera won the American League Triple Crown, leading the A.L. in HRs, RBI, and batting average.

The Cabrera Triple Crown was the 1st Triple Crown in the big leagues since 1967.

The Tigers won their second straight American League Central Division Championship.

Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer were #1 & #2 in strikeouts this year in the A.L.

The Tigers are going to the World Series, the team's second trip to the Fall Classic under GM Dave Dombrowski and Manager Jim Leyland.

Over 3 Million fans went to Tigers games this year at Comerica Park.

The Tigers went to the World Series in 1940, and in 1945, behind a big HR from Hank Greenberg, beat the Cubs for the club's 2nd WS Championship.

In this day and age fans want instant wins, instant gratification.

Some fans just don't understand how hard it is to win baseball games, how hard these guys work.

Justin Verlander, the Tigers ACE pitcher, works hard, as does Cabrera, Fielder, Avila, Jackson, and yes, Jim Leyland, who has done a terrific job in his 7 years as manager of the Tigers.

The Tigers won their 3rd World Series in 1968, their 4th in 1984.

Those were great Tigers teams, and this pennant winning ball club belongs right there with other Tigers WS teams.

Tigers fans should take a deep breath, take a good look at what they have in a baseball team that plays hard every day, and made it back to the World Series,

In 2006 Leyland led the Tigers, a team who lost 119 games in 2003, to a 95 win season, an A.L. Pennant, and a World Series appearance.

The Detroit Tigers are the 2012 American League Champions.

Play Ball!

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