There is joy in Motown today as the Detroit Tigers eliminated the New York Yankees from the American League playoffs last night. Lots of clutch pitching against a potent Yankees lineup. Despite two blowout losses, Tigers pitchers held that lineup to a .260 batting average for the five game series.
Yet, to read the national media today (ESPN and CBS Sportsline in particular), the theme of the day is a requiem for the Yankees, bemoaning their loss rather than the Tigers win. Because of course, nothing important happens outside of New York, at least in the media's eyes. Or, in Baseball context, nothing important happens outside of the American League East (or the National League East for that matter).
I sure am enjoying the fact that the two AL East teams, those great juggernauts, the supposed cream of the league, who were going to beat up on those other teams from flyover country, are now both out of the playoffs! It seems that the East isn't the beast it was made out to be.
So hats off to "Jimmy Smokes" and his band of baseballers - you sure have made it an enjoyable summer, and we who are your fans are looking forward to more baseball wonderfulness as you take on the Rangers. But whoever wins that series, it doesn't matter, because the Yankees have been vanquished, and there will be at least one non-East team in the World Series.
But I do hope it's the Tigers!