The Detroit Tigers haven't had a postseason run like this in a long time.
Their 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday gives them their third consecutive AL Central title.
An emotional Jim Leyland thanked the fans for supporting them and always being there for them through the fight. They have become Detroit's "sixth man".
It's been more than a century since the Tigers last had such a run of success.
Detroit Tigers Talk 24/7 When is the last time the Tigers made the playoffs in 3 consecutive years, you ask? 1907-1909.— COSY-FM (@cosyfm) September 25, 2013
Max Scherzer was brilliant in picking up his 21st victory of the season, allowing just two hits in seven scoreless innings, striking out 10 batters. He was a bit wild, however, issuing six walks in his outing. But the Twins were unable to capitalize on Scherzer's wildness, batting 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
O and by the way, Scherzer finished his Cy young campaign tonight, what a performance!— Chris Castellani (@Castellani2014) September 26, 2013
Scherzer solidified the Cy Young after that performance.— Cobby Foskey (@ERIC11FOSKEY) September 26, 2013
Right or wrong, with that impressive win Max Scherzer probably wrapped up the Cy Young Award.— Michael Crossman (@TheMikeCrossman) September 26, 2013
Scherzer certainly had a lot to do with the Tigers' success, and no doubt the Cy Young conversation will be discussed ad nauseum for the next six weeks or so.
But for now, it's all about the Tigers. And fans on Twitter are letting their voices be heard.
The #tigers clinched the AL central for the third straight year so at least one thing went right tonight— L@uReN iReNe (@misslaurenirene) September 26, 2013
AL Central Champs. Boom. And I was there to see it. #Tigers— Keegan Adriance (@keeganadriance) September 26, 2013
This fan is so excited she's decided to end her spending embargo.
Spending freeze is over I need all the post season gear @tigers— Chelsea (@chelseamillers4) September 26, 2013
Here's fan who honestly thought this day would never come.
As a long time fan & season ticket holder during the 2003 season..never thought I'd witness 3 straight AL Central crowns..congrats @tigers !— Christian McLeod (@CMcLeod_EA) September 26, 2013
No doubt that fans in Motown are happy. But some have very specific dreams about what they want to see next.
Dear baseball gods, please let Miggy wake up healed and 100% healthy— Pat (@Project__Pat) September 26, 2013
Speaking of the World Series, that's what's next on the minds of Tigers players.
"We still got work to do." -Torii Hunter #itstartsnow— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 26, 2013
That's something that is clearly on the minds of fans as well.
Congrats @tigers you guys earned this year. Let's end the drought and win the World Series for Detroit!— Ryan Cannon (@xxRyanCannon) September 26, 2013
Congratulations Detroit Tigers on winning the AL Central Division....now lets get this World Series Title this year— Mel with 1 L (@TheBig_Bambino) September 26, 2013
#DetroitTigers win the AL Central again. 1st step towards a World Series for Mr. Ilitch. Now, get Miggy right and set up the rotation.— Maneesh Jhunjhunwala (@MahnaMoneysh) September 26, 2013
One fan let it be known that the AL Central simply isn't enough.
Detroit Tigers!!!! AL Central Champions!!! It means absolutely NOTHING if we don't win the World Series though— Kyle St. Aubin (@kylestaubin) September 26, 2013
It's been 29 long years since Detroit has seen the Tigers hoist a World Series trophy, and their journey will start next week.
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