The Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 8-1 earlier this evening to sweep the ALCS advancing to the World Series for the first time since 2006.
Tigers DH (and recovering anti-Semite) Delmon Young, who is becoming something of a Yankee killer, won the ALCS MVP. Young went 6 for 17 with 2 homeruns and 6 RBI in the four game sweep.
The Tigers may be as a disadvantage as five days will elapse before the take the field either in St. Louis or San Francisco. In 2006, the Tigers were off for a week between winning the ALCS and Game 1 of the World Series. The Tigers lost that Series to the Cardinals in five games.
But the Tigers are fine with that problem.
The Yankees have a long winter ahead of them. While they were able to win without Mariano Rivera, they became listless once Derek Jeter broke his ankle in Game 1. Complicating matters was Joe Girardi's benching of Alex Rodriguez which had begun in the ALDS against the Orioles. A-Rod went a combined 3 for 25 without a RBI in the ALDS and ALCS. But A-Rod was hardly the only Yankee who struggled at the plate. Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher were equally lacklustre at the dish. But with $114 million remaining on his contract, A-Rod got most of the ink. Now there's speculation the Yankees may unload A-Rod to the Marlins.
And what about Girardi's future?
Well, this is the happiest Red Sox Nation has been all year.
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