Tonight, the Tigers meet the A's to determine who will represent the AL in the World Series. In 1972, an aging Tigers team, led by its hard drinking and scrappy manager, Billy Martin, lost to the A's of Vida Blue and Catfish Hunter fame. This time, the outcome will be different.
It was on this day, in 1968, when the Tigers won the World Series in a storybook comeback against St Louis. Roly-poly Mickey Lolich pitched the Tigers to a 4-1 victory over the St Louis legendary pitcher, Bob Gibson.
It would be fitting to see the Tigers meet the Cardinals again in 2006! It would be special to see Leyland manage against his mentor, La Russa.
The A's do not have the "sex appeal" of the Yankees, but they have a pitching staff that deserves great respect. This should be a very good series. I wish I could believe all the predictions by the pundits that the Tigers will win this series easily.
Let's go Tigers!