“This is the most unbelievable game I’ve ever played… or seen!” That’s a quote from Orlando Cabrera. The same Orlando Cabrera that went to the World Series with the Angels . .and then again with the Red Sox.. .and THAT game last night is the most unbelievable game he’s ever been involved in! How cool is that? What a way to open up the Post Season. It was Storybook.
So, who is Yesterday’s Hitter?
It could have been Miguel Cabrera. Despite his off the field travails, Miguel swung the bat yesterday. He roped a double his first time up and rocked one out of site his second trip. His blast made it 3-0 Tigers and it looked for all the world that the game was done. The air was
hissing out of the Metrodome as though it had sprung a leak. A deflated crowd watched and wondered.
But.. back came the Twins. Why does it always seem like the great games never really start building the drama until the 6th? It’s almost as though the first 5 innings are nothing more than foreplay. The Twins scratched out a run to get closer. Then it was Orlando time. His streaking missile to left field gave the Twins an unfathomable 4-3 lead in the 7th. A Two Run Home Run that looked for all the world to be a game winner! The Hankies were back.. the air was back.. the Dome was rocking! The Twins were flying high!
Back came the Tigers on yet another YH candidate – Magglio Ordonez. Mags had already
driven in one run on a frozen rope to center field. He decided to add some more drama to an astounding game with his Solo Home Run to tie the game! Magglio was clutch. The tension was mounting…. and the Dome was silenced again.
Jim Leyland “Both teams played their hearts out. You can’t ask for anything more than that.”
Tension, base runners, fabulous defensive plays. Unrealistic escapes. Pitching. Tension. Drama. It was a storybook script.
It looked over in the 9th.. until somehow Nathan got a magical double play.
It looked like it was over in the 10th. In the top half Detroit scored the go ahead run and had runners on the corner with one out. How did the Twins escape that? They did.. .somehow and trailed by one going to the bottom half when Michael Cuddyer (YH?) hits a softee to left field where Ryan Raburn had been plugged in by Leyland for one reason.. defense. He muffed the play and lumbering Cuddyer sped (sic) around the bases for a triple. He scored to tie the game! The Hankies are back!! The Twins are on the verge of winning the Central in the 10th! Alexi Casilla standing at 3rd with one out. He’s the winning run. A rocket to left. Wouldn’t you know it.. storybook I tell ya.. the fella that just looked like the Goat for allowing Cuddyer to get to 3rd.. Ryan Raburn makes a tremendous catch and throw to nail Alexi by a fingernail at home plate!
It’s over again in the 12th. The Tigers have loaded the bases with nobody out. Nobody out! It’s over. How did Bobby Keppel escape that? How… how … how? He did. To the bottom of the
12th. The Twins are scratching.. they’re scraping.. they’re clawing at the Tigers. Carlos Gomez.. .hit. Standing on 2nd.. who is it at the plate? A potential Goat that couldn’t score on a Sac fly from 3rd in the 10th. Alexi Casilla. You know how sensational the game is that it keeps giving you these dramatic feeds. Pressing your emotional buttons, whether you’re a fan watching it .. or a player in the midst of it. There is simply nothing like it in sports. And when Casilla singled..
and Gomez raced.. it had to end that way. It wouldn’t have been storybook any other way.
“I guess it’s fitting to say there was a loser in this game. But, it’s hard for me to believe there was a loser in this game.” – Jim Leyland
“No matter what we did, it seems like it wasn’t meant to be. This is the best game, by far, that I’ve ever played in… no matter the outcome.” – Brandon Inge
Email from Jim Mauer – “Best Game I’ve Ever Seen! Unreal!!!”
Way to go Alexi Casilla… You are Yesterday’s Hitter in one of the greatest games ever!!