The Detroit Tigers have the best pitcher in baseball, soon-to-be Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander (24-5, 2.40 ERA); the American League batting champion and candidate for the MVP Award, Miguel Cabrera (.344); and a closer who boasts perhaps the most incredible season in the history of the game, "Big Papa" Jose Valverde (49 saves in 49 chances).
Tonight the American League playoffs begin for the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees. The Tigers do battle against the Evil Empire, the prima donnas with the insufferable Alex Rodriguez; the media darlings who get WAY too much love; the team of Steinbrenner & Sinatra (all the more reason to detest them).
I'll never forget how great it was on that fall Saturday five years ago when the Tigers unexpectedly upset the hated Yanks in the playoffs en route to the World Series.
Rain showers are forecast for tonight's tilt, which begins at 8:40 p.m. EST. I hope this thing isn't rain delayed and takes until 1 a.m. to complete. I get up early these days, and just cannot stay awake as late as I did in my younger days.
But I sure am going to enjoy watching this team, which came on strong in the last two months of the season rather than going into a swoon as they had done several years in a row.