September 24, 2006

Its been a long time.: Look out baseball fans because the Detroit Tigers have made the playoffs for the first time since 1987.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia to baseball at 07:47 PM - 13 comments


posted by yerfatma at 08:22 PM on September 24, 2006

Yay! This is particularly satisfying to us Tiger fans because of the utterly miserable seasons we suffered through in the last few years.Kudos to the Tigers and Jim Leeland.

posted by sickleguy at 08:51 PM on September 24, 2006

As a Blue Jays fan, I will have to admit I was hoping for a bit of revenge for 1987, as the Tigers were coming to town to play three against the Jays. Damn you, Doyle Alexander!

posted by grum@work at 10:14 PM on September 24, 2006

Woohoo Tigers! It's been forever since they were worth cheering for. I have been keeping it on the down low all year not wanting to jinx a playoff berth. grum: As a Tigers fan, I damn Doyle Alexander more than any Jays fan could. Tigers have gotten plenty of bad kharma payback for the Alexander deal...he was aquired from the Braves for some prospect named Smoltz. I hear the Smoltz kid has had a pretty OK career.

posted by pivo at 12:00 AM on September 25, 2006

I'm happy for the Tigers and there fans but they still have to beat the Yankees and that isn't going to happen. Believe me when I say, I'm not trying to rain on your parade.

posted by texasred at 04:52 AM on September 25, 2006

Since Boston is and has been out, and the playoff picture is starting to take shape, I have to say I am totally rooting for the Tigers to go all the way, and yes, they can beat the Yankees. If the Red Sox could turn it around in 04 and sweep the Yankees, anything is possible.

posted by jerseygirl at 05:17 AM on September 25, 2006

Just maybe I will be able to say, "I watched the Tigers win the championship in 1968, 1984, and 2006. Go Tigers!!!

posted by coach at 08:18 AM on September 25, 2006

I've said all season that the Tiges need to learn to beat the Red Sox, White Sox, and Yanks to pull it off. They only have one of those left to worry about...but it's the Yanks. Tall order (and they may have to get through the first round before the Yanks are in their sights). I'm still nervous, but for the first time in a LOOOONG time, I can say that the Tigers have a chance to win the World Series. Focus! Focus!! Focus!!!

posted by ctal1999 at 08:44 AM on September 25, 2006

What a huge surprise - thanks to that ungodly hot start, they've made it look easier than it actually has been for a team that hasn't played consistently good baseball in over a month. However, I would fear that pitching staff if I were the Yankees... Well, maybe not so much - but it sure is an interesting match-up: Youth and pitching vs. the most veteran of veteran hitting (with some decent pitching). I look forward to the Bonderman/Verlander start in Yankee stadium. Of course, I'm assuming that's going to be the first round match-up. Am I wrong?

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 09:47 AM on September 25, 2006

I don't think that it has sunk in on me yet. Maybe because I'm hoping that they take the pennant, too. But it's been a long time coming and I'm very proud of them. I WAS A TIGERS FAN BEFORE THEY WERE COOL...

posted by wingnut4life at 10:35 AM on September 25, 2006

If the season ended today, the Yanks would play the Twins and the Tigers would play the As.

posted by apoch at 10:36 AM on September 25, 2006

Of course, I'm assuming that's going to be the first round match-up. Am I wrong? Like apoch said, the AL Central winner will play the A's and the wildcard winner will play the Yankees. So if the Tigers hold on, they may not have to play the Yankees at all.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 10:44 AM on September 25, 2006

I too am wishing the Tigers good luck and pulling for them this year (no Red Sox or Braves in the picture). Of course, having a girlfriend from outside of Detroit doesn't have anything to do with it. Maybe the can channel the spirit of the 84 Tigers, maybe the best team I've ever seen.

posted by trox at 01:41 PM on September 25, 2006

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