You’ll find a BUNCH of photos, links and stories from the Detroit Tiger astounding 3-1 series victory over the New York Yankees below. How much? You’ll just have to click to find out! (and to read comments and suggest more links!)
Game 4: Perfect Finish to Act 1!
The Tigers capped a spectacular American League Division Series with an 8-3 domination of the New York Yankees. Pitching again led the way as Jeremy Bonderman returned to early season form and silenced the powerful Yankee bats. The national media seems to still be paying as much attention to what the Yanks did wrong as what the Tigers did right, but folks are starting to wake up to the fact that for most of the season, the Tigers were the best team in baseball. The Freep has a story that takes you behind the scenes that I really enjoyed and Tom Gage of the News chronicles the celebration, which was incredible by all accounts.
The Detroit News has a ALDS celebration video and the Freep has a game 4 photo gallery and one of Tiger fans celebrating the victory as well. You’ll also want to check out this ALDS Game 4 Photo Gallery for almost 100 pics of the game and hoopla and also this Game 4 gallery for 40 more!
Your best stop for reading more is definitely The Detroit Tiger Weblog to read ALDS Aftermath. Bring on the A’s!
Game 3: Kenny Rogers Gets the Yankees Off His Back
The New York Yankees had won the last seven decisions vs. Tiger pitcher Kenny Rogers who threw 7 2/3 shutout innings in masterful fashion en route to a 6-0 victory. I suppose we better let Kenny Rogers (via Mitch Albom) have his say too:
“Maybe it comes from failing so much. I’m not afraid to fail. I’m still here for a reason. I like the challenge. I know I’m fortysomething and don’t have a lot of talent left … but I do believe in myself.”
Rogers overcoming his history was the story, and Kenny the Conquerer by Jeff Passan on Yahoo tells the story pretty well. One of the great treats of ESPN’s coverage was them bringing legendary Tiger broadcaster Ernie Harwell into the booth for several innings.
Game 2: That’s Why They Play all the Games
The Tigers got just enough offense to overcome Johnny Damon’s 3-run homer while rookie fireballers Verlander and Zumaya were overpowering in a 4-3 Game 2 victory. Lynn Henning at the DetNews says that the Tigers Game 2 victory reminds the Tigers they belong. Mack Avenue Tigers says that he likes the Yankees … because he hates the Yankees and also gives you a recap.
It’s not really a game 2 specific story, but Jack Lessenberry took an interesting look at what the Tigers success means (and doesn’t mean) to Detroit’s economy.
Game 1: Start with a whimper, end with a ROAR?
The Tigers continued to struggle last night in game one against the New York Yankees. They always say a playoff series doesn’t start until the home team loses a game, but in a best of five series, you have to start it pretty quick! The Detroit Tigers web site has a recap of the game and a video highlight reel. The Freep’s Mike Rosenberg writes about the 8-4 Game 1 loss to the Yankees while Mitch Albom quotes Tiger skipper Jim Leyland as saying “You have to pitch aggressively, you have to go after them and you have to take your chances. I think if you try to tiptoe around them you’re going to get beat.” The Freep also has a nice photo gallery from the game that starts with a photo of Leyland & Joe Torre. ESPN hails Derek Jeter for a 5 at-bat, two single, two double and a home run game that tied the postseason record of five hits in a game held by five others.
Closer to home, Mack Avenue Tigers links to Nate Robertson’s blog where he says “The Feet Are Wet” and shares his thoughts on the game. Detroit Tigers Weblog has a great run-down of what folks are saying about Game 1. If you click the photo above, you’ll see a Yankees vs. Tigers gallery from one die-hard Yankee fan. You can also check out this Game 1 gallery from Joni S.
Detroit Tiger Links!
There’s no way we’ll get them all – please add any more you like in the comments!
- Photo: Check out today’s photo on Michigan in Pictures “House of Tiki“. Very nice!
- Photos: Keep an eye on the Detroit Tigers photo group
- Even MORE photos: the photostream of MLB photographer Emily Smith!
- Mack Avenue Tigers is an excellent Detroit Tigers blog
- So are Detroit Tigers Weblog, TigerBlog.net, Roar of the Tigers and Bless You Boys.
- If you’re looking to talk it up with other Tiger fans, check out TigersCentral.com (great history there too!) and MotownSports.com’s Tiger Board
- The Tigers official web site through MLB always has great photos and video
What did we miss? Let us know in the comments!