The 2011 ALDS between the Yankees and the Tigers bears many similarities to the 2006 series.
In 2006, the Yankees won Game 1 against the Tigers and then had to play a Game 2 that was pushed up because of, you guessed it, rain. They ended up losing in four games, with the final nail in the coffin coming at Comerica Park. The Tigers went on to the World Series, but fell to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Some of the Yankees players on that 2006 team remain the same for 2011, but otherwise, this is a whole new roster. The 2011 Yankees have their chance to quiet chatter about 2006 and live to see another day.
But it won't be easy. After the Tigers won in Game 2, Detroit closer Jose Valverde declared that the series was over. As he said to The Detroit News:
"It's over already. (Justin) Verlander has it tomorrow. The next day, we have the celebration in Detroit. They have a good team, but I think that's it for them."
Well, Verlander did take down the Yankees last night, and Valverde's teammates tried to say the closer was just joking around and didn't mean to come off as arrogant. But no matter what the Tigers say, Valverde's quote has to be bulletin-board material for New York's clubhouse.
Can the Yankees get back at Valverde in the best way possible by sending the series back to New York and shushing everyone still talking about 2006?
Tonight, we'll find out.
Alison Myers is covering the 2011 MLB Playoffs for Bleacher Report and is also an NHL Featured Columnnist. You can e-mail her with questions, comments or writing opportunities at firstname.lastname@example.org or request a follow on Twitter.