The 10 Best Moments of The Tigers' 2010 Season So Far
All things considered, it's basically impossible to complain about how the Detroit Tigers' 2010 campaign has played out thus far; they've exceeded just about everyone's expectations up until this point.
As of today, the team is in first in the AL Central (albeit by a mere half-game) and are 11 games above .500.
There have been several memorable, exhilarating moments, and I've decided to count down the 10 best. Be sure to let me know what you think. Enjoy!
No. 10. April 26 - Tigers 8, Rangers 6
Having blown a five-run lead, Miguel Cabrera and Brandon Inge saved the day for Detroit, hitting back to back home runs against Neftali Feliz in the ninth inning.
The win secured a 2-2 split against the Rangers.
No. 9. June 20 - Tigers 3, D-Backs 1
The resurgent Max Scherzer made his former club pay, striking out eight and allowing one earned run in seven innings.
Ian Kennedy held Detroit scoreless until the seventh, when Brennan Boesch and Carlos Guillen hit back to back home runs to give Detroit the lead for good, capping off an 8-1 homestand.
No. 8. June 12 - Tigers 4, Pirates 3
The Tigers took a 3-2 lead in the seventh, only to watch that lead disappear as the Bucs plated one the next half inning.
In the bottom of the 10th, Carlos Guillen sent the home crowd happy by blasting one into the right field bleachers.
No. 7. May 1 - Tigers 3, Angels 2
Johnny Damon's first home run as a Tiger was one to remember.
Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th, Damon took Scot Shields deep to right field, sending Comerica Park into a frenzy.
No. 6. May 17 - Tigers 7, Red Sox 6
Displaying the "never-say-die" attitude that has made them so easy to root for, the Tigers clawed back from a five-run deficit to force extra innings against the Red Sox.
After wasting numerous scoring opportunities in the late innings, Boston's Ramon Ramirez gave Detroit a helping hand, walking Ramon Santiago with the bases loaded to complete a comeback victory.
No. 5. April 11 - Tigers 9, Indians 8
An uncharacteristically brutal effort by Justin Verlander put the Tigers in a five-run hole from the get-go.
Trailing 8-3 in the bottom of the seventh, the Tigers starting chipping away against the Tribe bullpen, pulling within two runs by the ninth inning.
Leading 8-7 and needing just one more out, Chris Perez fell apart, walking in the tying run before allowing Carlos Guillen to score the winning run on a wild pitch.
No. 4. May 2 - Tigers 5, Angels 1
A day after Johnny Damon secured the series win for Detroit, Justin Verlander was brilliant in leading the Tigers to a sweep of the Angels.
Verlander retired 23 consecutive Angels from the time of Torii Hunter's two out single in the first through Maicer Izturis' one out single in the ninth.
It was the turning point of Verlander's season, as he put a rocky start to 2010 behind him by going 9-3 with a 3.91 ERA in his subsequent 12 starts.
No. 3. July 6 - Tigers 7, Orioles 5
The Tigers have treated their fans to many memorable comeback wins so far, but this one stands out above the rest.
Miguel Cabrera's ninth inning, game-tying home run epitomized his season up to this point; it wasn't a question of if he was going deep, but which row the ball was landing in.
Johnny Damon joined the 2,500 hit club in the third inning but that was hardly his most memorable hit of the night, as his two-run bomb in the 11th gave Detroit the walk-off win.
No. 2. June 2 - Tigers 3, Indians 0
For many of you, I'm sure this is No. 1. I, unfortunately, am part of the crowd who can't help but look back at this moment in anger due to the impossibly idiotic call by Jim Joyce that robbed Armando Galarraga of history.
The redeeming quality of this fiasco was the way Galarraga carried himself in the aftermath of the blown call, merely smiling and proceeding to record the final out of the game. He could've eviscerated Joyce afterwards, but instead accepted his apology, graciously took stock of how far he'd come, and moved on.
Armando Galarraga not only pitched the greatest game in Detroit Tigers history, but came to represent one of the greatest examples of sportsmanship the sports world has had to offer in quite some time.
No. 1. May 10 - Tigers 5, Yankees 4
Before a national audience, on the night they honored the late, legendary Ernie Harwell, the Tigers capped off an emotional day by winning a thriller against the defending champion New York Yankees.
The Tigers led 5-2 entering the eighth inning (due in part to a solo homer by ex-Yankee Johnny Damon), but Joel Zumaya allowed the Yankees to cut the lead to one run.
With the tying run on third with one out, Phil Coke got Randy Winn to pop out before Magglio Ordonez made a great sliding catch to rob Derek Jeter of a hit and preserve the lead.
From there, Jose Valverde took over, striking out Nick Swisher, Mark Teixeira, and Alex Rodriguez to end the ball game and give the Tigers an impressive victory.
In winning this game (not to mention two of the following three games against New York as well), the Tigers let the baseball world know that it was time to start taking them seriously.