Oct 18, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland (left) , owner Mike Ilitch (middle), and general manager Dave Dombrowski pose with the American League championship trophy after game four of the 2012 ALCS against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park. The Tigers won 8-1 to sweep the series and advance to the World Series. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers sweep the Yankees, advance to the World Series

My oh my how things change. One month ago the Detroit Tigers were three games behind the Chicago White Sox for the lead in the American League Central. Tonight they stand proud as champions of the American League. It has been a long strange trip, but the one constant thing we can say is the Tigers are playing their best baseball when it counts most. There are plenty of things to be concerned about but for at least tonight we can put all that aside and bask in the glory of the Tigers winning their 11th AL pennant.

Delmon Young who found a way to get a big hit virtually every time the Tigers needed one and also hit two home runs in this series is the 2012 ALCS MVP, and deservingly so. However, we could make a strong case for Relief Pitcher Phil Coke who not only earned three saves in this series, but two of said saves were two inning affairs.

While this game lacked a certain drama or flair that the 2006 win over the Oakland A’s (also a sweep) did, there are certain images that will become instant classic in the lore of this team. Miguel Cabrera’s no doubt home run to increase the lead early is certainly one of them. However, Prince Fielder jumping up and down waving off everyone so he could make the out that sent this team back to the Fall Classic was a great moment and lasting image.

It takes 11 wins to capture a World Series title and the Tigers have now won seven this post season. Four remain, and they will be the hardest games to win yet. Keep on believing with this starting rotation anything is possible and of course GO GET ‘EM TIGERS!!!!!

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