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Congratulations, Detroit Tigers. [Oct. 27th, 2006|11:30 pm]
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Congratulations to the Detroit Tigers.

You played better baseball than anyone could have predicted. Only the insane would have had you pegged for the 2006 World Series.

This was a great story from start to finish. Everything past .500 ball in the regular season was the bonus round.

You have a talented young pitching staff. Your club has many young players, and most of them can only get better. The future is bright.

Your organization provided a lifetime of entertainment for my grandfather. He enjoyed you guys right up until his end.

I carried him through the final innings. I cannot thank you enough for making it pretty exciting to watch.

You're good guys. I wish you the best.


2006 Champions of Detroit.


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[User Picture]From: pollack1020
2006-10-28 03:45 am (UTC)

Bittersweet

I can't wait for April. What a fantastic season. The sad part is, most people will hop off the bandwagon and forget about them until they start winning again. Being at the ballpark those four times this season was a whole new experience for me. It sucks that it had to end this way, but St. Louis is a talented club and Detroit made too many errors. However, this cannot look them winning the American League and all of the other things they accomplished (Leyland for AL Manager of the Year, Verlander for AL ROY, the major-league low ERA in the regular season, numerous players with 20+ home runs...)

Thank you, Tigers. This postseason was the most special to me, more special than any Red Wings or Pistons run. I can't even explain it, but it was so thrilling to watch.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-10-28 03:51 am (UTC)

Hate the Game.

I'll tune into a Tigers game from time to time until I'm dead, I suppose. These kids are good, and that makes it easier to watch.

This sport was much better when I was a kid.

I was in it only for my grandfather.

This is where I'm off MLB. I wish Bud Selig the worst.


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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-10-28 03:55 am (UTC)

Don't.

This isn't a time where I'm very accepting of even my LJ friends for jokes on this matter.

Your team and the majority of its fans lost my respect forever.

I'm not laughing about this on this end.

Your team's number one in my book.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-10-28 04:08 am (UTC)
Hey, have a McGwire sandwich tonight, and let's not be like the rest of the hypocritical sons of bitches the rest of those fuck-all fans were.

I know he cheated. He's not the only one, and it's not just on Detroit.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-10-28 04:15 am (UTC)

Re: communication breakdown

Yeah, they played like ass . . . I knew that was going to happen sooner or later.

I kept waiting for it too because the kids are so young.

Hey, apologies to you. I didn't think you were doing that, but right now it's going to remain a sticky situation.

I'm pretty emotional at this point - lot of anger here.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-10-28 04:18 am (UTC)
You don't have to accept, but really, I am sorry.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-10-28 04:37 am (UTC)
We are.

For you, I'll acknowledge the St. Louis Cardinals as the 2006 World Champions.

In fact, for as much as the entire Tigers team fell into a slump and stunk it up, the Cardinals rebounded from their mediocre season and put it together. With exception of their needless unglued state in Game 2, they played a consistent and mistake-free game.

Tigers bats were largely not working, but the Cards pitchers of any quality still had to throw the strikes.

Of all the games, the Carpenter game was the best Cards win. His stuff was amazing.

This situation's an exception for me . . . this game's bringing up an awful amount of ugly feelings from mistakes I've made, like the time I quipped a "go Dodgers" on my grandfather in the hospital . . . was just a joke, but in hindsight was a dumb move, and it shouldn't be this way for me, but those kind of feelings got blown up all at once right now.

Most of the pain's from missing him, and the anger over inability for me to have him here, which was a little misplaced. It's boiling down now, already.

I figured this obligation (watching the team through) was going to be a short ride . . . I didn't know how great the Tigers were.

We are more than cool.
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[User Picture]From: micromegas
2006-10-28 04:13 am (UTC)
What's most unfortunate about this seriese is just how much the Cards outplayed the Tigers. We were out hit, out pitched and out fielded. I won't say blame rests squarely on the costly pitching follies -- because the Tigers couldn't get a hit to save their collective lives -- but it definately hurt. A lot.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-10-28 04:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, that was the worst I've watched since they did the exact same thing during the Royals.

I saw the hitters getting nutty during Game 4 of the ALCS. They had that 6 game stretch where they took the right pitches and just met the ball. Then, with a lead, they'd crank up their bat velocity for the HRs.

That was utterly missing. Guys lost their heads, and I think Leyland's message to have fun and relax should have been "finish this one out with focus and the finish line in sight. Give no quarter."
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-10-28 04:18 am (UTC)
- during the Royals series.
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[User Picture]From: holzerhedrpca
2006-10-28 02:02 pm (UTC)
It's the year of mediocre Champions. I was pulling for Detroit because I hate the Cards (Rolen! Drew! BOO!) and because Detroit's a feel-good story, so now I'm triply saddened at this result. 1) because the Tigers lost, 2) because the Cards won and 3) this is the Steelers winning the Super Bowl all over again, only without the shady officiating.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-10-28 04:26 pm (UTC)
I had more words that added detail to comparison, but yes, I absolutely see the similarity of the last SB result with the MLB result. I didn't follow hockey, but weren't there more than one NHL clubs that went deep in the series . . . with an unimpressive record?

The only one that really had any excitement to it this year . . . NBA playoffs. Detroit was the wins leader, but their collapse was quantifiable and a non-dramatic issue. The Heat and Mavs were respectable teams, and the Heat more than earned their championship.

The Rogers situation is something that reminded me why I don't watch the MLB. I think the recent bargaining agreement with Selig also puts off the whole drug testing situation even further into the future, so between juicers and a wealth of poor pitching staffs, this is going to be a shred of a sport for some time.

Tigers were one of the few teams that resembled, to me, what MLB was like before 1994.
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[User Picture]From: holzerhedrpca
2006-10-28 05:22 pm (UTC)
The Oilers made it to the Stanley Cup Finals, but they lost to the favored Hurricanes.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-10-28 09:14 pm (UTC)
That was almost a trifecta.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-10-28 04:48 pm (UTC)
There was a picture in the print version of Detroit's Free Press earlier in the series after the Rogers incident. I wish I could find it online. Some Cards fan held up a sign (one of many on the subject) . . . it read something to the effect of "what do I tell my kids about cheating?"

I wish I had that picture.

LOL, they're at a baseball game. Duh.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-10-28 04:58 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: pierce
2006-10-28 08:38 pm (UTC)
good thing they still have Kenny Rogers for game 6.

i'm still pissed about the Mets.
shit, we lost two starting pitchers before the playoffs.
we would have been the champs!
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-10-28 08:40 pm (UTC)
The way many Cardinals fans were acting, I could see a Rogers STL Game 5 being an epic moment of riot.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-10-28 08:54 pm (UTC)

lol, in other words

Also, I don't think those kids would have fallen apart on Detroit if they hadn't been abruptly cast from a team of good guys to cheating villains. They didn't know how to handle that.

Next time the Pistons are in the Finals, I demand no less than a broadcasting team of Bill Laimbeer, Chuck Daly, and Isiah Thomas whooping about Detroit after every Pistons basket. Perhaps they could throw in a laundry list of how much their opponent blew the game with 2 minutes to go and a 4 point lead by Detroit. Probably the best would be if they villainized some turnover-prone opponent center for applying something sticky to his hands, based off 15 minutes of replays when the center was waiting at mid-court to get subbed, and he had one or both of his hands on the sticky plate provided for gunk-grip for shoes.

It'd be even better on top of the best if every Finals game was an all-time low score plus the lowest-TV-rated game . . . with the Pistons winning it all after sleeping through a 42-40 regular season.

lol, MLB.
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