Monday morning update: Well, the Tigers (finally) took care of business last night with a convincing 5-3 handling of the White Sox thanks to 7 shutout innings by Verlander. They head to Minneapolis tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct 6 @ 5:10 PM) for a one game playoff with the Minnesota Twins. Check the comments for details!
I thought it would be good to open with a brief excerpt from panicky screaming with Roar of the Tigers – click through for the full version with 100% more panic. Samara says she doesn’t deal well with tight pennant races … something that could be good for some more interesting photoshopping today at Roar of the Tigers.
The 2009 Detroit Tigers have worked tirelessly over the last week to create a dramatic pennant finish. After putting the Minnesota Twins two games back, the Tigers have failed to close the race out with three straight losses and are tied with the Twins on the last day of the season. Minnesota meets the Kansas City Royals while the Tigers face the Chicago White Sox at 1 PM at Comerica Park. The forecast is for clouds, some showers and 50s as Justin Verlander takes the mound. I suspect, however, that it will be more of a question of whether or not the Tigers bring their bats to the game today … and especially, Mack Avenue Tigers is looking at YOU Miguel Cabrera. Here’s the win/lose/tie scenarios from the Freep.
Although we’ve come down to the final day of the season, Detroit News columnist Jerry Green says 2009 is far from legendary as pennant races go. Some – such as 1967alpennant.com – consider the ’67 race in which the Tigers, Twins and Red Sox battled to the final out.
Speaking of pennant races, Mike McClary at The Daily Fungo is trying to deal with his nervousness by looking at the exciting 1987 pennant race in which the Tigers came from behind to swipe the pennant from the Blue Jays. Here’s October Surprise part 8 when the Tigers pulled ahead by beating the Jays in the 12th inning as Trammel singled home Jim Walewander (never thought I’d hear that name again). See them all in the Blast from the Past section.
If you’re the optimistic sort – or you just want a chance to see some playoff baseball – you can still get tickets for the possible home games vs the Yankees on Sunday and Monday.
There’s little left to say but “C’mon Tigers – let’s get this job done!” … although of course you can’t say “Panic” and “Detroit” without bringing in David Bowie. Here he is in the Diamond Dogs era…