Tigers to meet Yankees: So Am I

Blake VandeBunteContributor ISeptember 27, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 11:  Former New York Yankee Paul O'Neill and baseball Hall of Fame member Ozzie Smith attend the 67th Annual Father of the Year Awards on June 11, 2008 at Marriott Marquis in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

I know Paul O’Neill (pictured) doesn’t play for the Yankees any more. I just dislike the guy and he reminds me of everything I hate about that team.

The Tigers' comeback win tonight was pretty sweet.  The club has a had a few high-scoring games the past week or so and tonight’s rally was quite inspiring. 

So many times this season, we’ve seen the Tigers fall behind early and then have their offense fail to get them back into the swing of things.

Not tonight.

Nate Robertson pitched like the “real” Nate Robertson tonight and got shelled. Alfredo Figaro did an admirable job filling in and picked up the “W”. The real story was the offense. 

They got timely hits from guys like Placido Polanco and Curtis Granderson…oh, and Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera was an absolute beast tonight. What a total pleasure it is to have a guy like that on our side. Unreal.

Unfortunately the Twins won as well, so the Tigers lead in the Central remains at only two games. 

No matter what happens on Sunday, that series in Detroit next week is looming large.  The four-game set will likely decide the division. Luckily, the Tigers are on the good side here. They have two Huge advantages:

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It’s in Detroit. Only two teams in all of baseball have more home wins than the Tigers.

A series split will pretty much wrap things up for the Tigers, who will send Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello to hill in the series.

So that would likely leave the Tigers facing the Yankees in the first round.  I won’t be able to return to Michigan to see the ALDS (fingers crossed they even get there), so I’ll have to venture to Yankee Stadium.  This poses two problems: I don’t like getting murdered; It will probably break the bank.

If I go, I plan on wearing my Marcus Thames jersey and representing the greatest state in the country. 

I miss Michigan.

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