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Sunday, 15 October, 2006 1:05 AM

TIGER FEVER: Detroit advances to the World Series

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The Detroit Tigers are headed to the World Series!
by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

After having the best record in baseball for most of the regular season, The Detroit Tigers are headed to the World Series. The team has played the New York Yankees and won. They've beat the Oakland Athletics in a 4-0 sweep. Now, the Tigers are headed to the cream of the crop -- The World Series.

The Detroit Tigers haven't been to the World Series in 22 years. It has been a long time coming and they're finally on their way. For someone who was born in 1986, I've never seen the Tigers play in the postseason let alone the World Series. It's a very exciting time for fans all across Michigan and the region.

You can see the courage and determination in the eyes of the Tigers. They want to win. They've waited more than two decades. It's their moment. I predict they will not only go to the World Series but become Champions there. Detroit has been playing excellent this year. They have been cutting down on errors and focusing on only one game at a time.

In game four of the American League Championship Series, the Tigers were down 3-0. Magglio Ordonez hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. It was the just the start of the Tigers turning the game around. Later, the Tigers tied the game. In the ninth inning, Craig Monroe and Placido Polanco both singled. There was two outs and then Magglio Ordonez hit a home run to give the Tigers a 6-3 victory over the Athletics. The Tigers became American League champions and secured a spot in the World Series.

Detroit's own Kid Rock performed a special concert inside Cheli's Chili Bar. Nobody know he was going to be performing tonight so it was a surprise for everyone. As the say, there's "no party like a Detroit party."

Over the last few years, the Tigers were at the bottom of the standings. They've worked their way all the way to the top. They've beat the Yankees and the Athletics. That should definitely be celebrated in a huge way. Manager Jim Leyland thought it might take a year or two to turn the team around. The Tigers improved a lot quicker than he ever imagined.

Where do the Tigers go from here?

The easy answer is the World Series. Detroit will either play the St. Louis Cardinals or the New York Mets. The Cardinals are leading the National League Championship by two games to one. Whichever team the Tigers end up playing, I predict Detroit will become Champions!

If you can beat the Yankees, you can beat any team in baseball. Nothing should stand in the way of the Tigers and their World Series victory. The series might end up being more difficult than the Athletics but I think the end result will be the same. The Tigers can expect the World Series to be a little more difficult than the Athletics but not as challenging as playing the Yankees.

The Tigers pitching staff is exceptional. With names like Todd Jones, Kenny Rogers, Justin Verlander and Joel Zumaya, it's no wonder the Tigers have been winning. Strike out after strike out, it's clear that Detroit has stepped up it's game in a big way.

The Tigers hitters are also doing their job in a major way. If you're a baseball fan, then you know all of these guys. Their names are Brandon Inge, Craig Monroe, Magglio Ordonez, Placido Polanco, Ivan Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, Carlos Guillen and so many more. Everyone has a favorite, so who's yours? With an exceptional pitching staff and an amazing array of hitters, the Tigers are on their way to the World Series.

2006 World Series Schedule: Game one will be held on Saturday, October 21st at 7:30 p.m. in Detroit at Comerica Park. Game two will be on Sunday, October 22nd at 7:30 p.m. also in Detroit. Games three, four and five will be held in the American League Champion's city. All three of those games will begin at 8 p.m. If games six or seven are necessary, they will be held on October 28th and 29th in Detroit. All games are broadcast on FOX.

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Detroit Tigers Manager Jim Leyland examines the ALCS trophy.

 

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Tigers Owner Michael Illitch knows a lot about Champions. He also owns the Red Wings and now the Tigers have joined the club.

GO TIGERS!!

YOUR 2006 AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONS...

 

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