I have to admit, while I never want the baseball season to end, I’d really like this Tigers season to just finish up so we can get on to next year. It’s been one disappointment after another and while this has to be one of the frustrating seasons ever as a Tigers fan, I’m kind of looking forward to this one last game tomorrow against the White Sox. The Tigers will be given some national attention and they’re going to have a direct impact on how the playoff picture ends up. A win tomorrow, and the Tigers will ruin the White Sox chances at playing for their second World Series in four years.
The Tigers did get it done against the Rays in a meaningless series. Curtis Granderson and Magglio Ordonez both homered in today’s game and for Granderson, he drove in four runs. Maggs homer was a big one and he drove in two with a ninth inning homer to tie the game but the Rays got it done in extra frames off of Chris Lambert.
So for one more day, the Tigers will have a shot at some of their milestones. Gary Sheffield has one more chance this year at 500 homers and Miguel Cabrera has one more chance to pad what’s hopefully a lead in the homerun race. The Yankees are playing their final game as I write this but it doesn’t look A-Rod is in the lineup so it looks like the Tigers will have their first homerun champ since Cecil Fielder did it back in Cecil Fielder back in 1991.
Congratulations to the Brewers, who made the postseason for the first time in a long, long time. For the second straight year, the Mets couldn’t get it done down the stretch and they’re the odd team out. And the Angels became the first team since 2005 to win 100 games.
One thing I am excited about is playoff baseball. Nothing beats it and I’m looking forward to some of the newer teams like the Rays and Brewers making their mark although I have a soft spot for the Dodgers. You have the whole Joe Torre thing going with the Yankees not even making the postseason but you also have the Cubs getting some serious consideration 100 years after their last World Series as well as the Rays making the postseason for the first time in their franchises history. We should see some good matchups and some great baseball.