Oct 3, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) reacts after a two-run home run by Baltimore Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis (not pictured) during the third inning of game two of the 2014 ALDS playoff baseball game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
"One of the most exciting moments of my life occurred on October 13th, 2011 at Comerica Park. It was Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. The pitching match-up was Justin Verlander vs. C.J. Wilson. The energy that was in the park that night is simply indescribable, as chants of “MVP” echoed all the way to the Renaissance Center. And no, those “MVP” chants weren’t for Jose Valverde. Those ominous, incredible chants were meant for Justin Verlander, whom just a mere four years ago looked like a reincarnated Steve Carlton. 2011 was the year Detroit Tigers fans saw their beloved baseball team go to the postseason for the first time since 2006. And Verlander led the charge the entire season, going 24-3 with a 2.40 ERA, both first in the league. His 24 wins were the most in the majors since Bob Welch of the Oakland Athletics went 27-6 in 1990. That season Verlander also led the league in win percentage, games started, innings pitched, and strikeouts. He won the Cy Young unanimously, and captured the AL MVP award as well; the first pitcher to do so since Dennis Eckersley back in 1992. Back in 2011 after winning his array of awards Verlander said “I think that a starting pitcher has to do something special to be as valuable or more so than a position player.” He did just that. READ MORE"
Another look back on Throwback Thursday, this time remembering Magglio Ordonez. His time with the Tigers was fairly brief but he left an indelible mark that won’t soon be forgotten.
"In our Throwback Thursday features of the past, we’ve ridden the way-back machine to feature a Detroit Tigers’ legend of long-past. Today we look at a more recent Tigers’ star, one that will be remembered for one unforgettable swing of the bat. Let’s throwback to today’s player…”OHH WEE OHH, MAA GLIOO!” Magglio Ordonez, who turned 41 yesterday, was requested by one of Motor City Bengals’ Twitter followers @TigerTradeIdeas. If you are like me, someone who somewhat remembered the glory years of the 1980’s, (’84 is a flickering memory from my six-year old former self, but I remember ’87 very fondly) and was one of a few select group of self-hating individuals that followed the team through the terrible 90’s and early 2000’s, this memory in the video below will never be forgotten. READ MORE"