Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, – Kevin Ward
3. October 2006 – Detroit Tigers Defeat New York Yankees in American League Division Series. The Tigers entered the 2006 post season as the underdog facing the favored New York Yankees. Few sportswriters and fans even gave the Tigers a chance in the series. The Yankees jumped all over Nate Robertson and the Tigers and dominated Game 1 with an 8-4 bashing.
Game 2 saw Rookie of the Year, Justin Verlander facing veteran Mike Mussina. Verlander pitched well in his post season debut but left the game in the fifth inning tied 3-3. A Curtis Granderson triple scored Marcus Thames in the top of the seventh and Todd “Tiger” Jones closed it out.
Game 3 was the pure domination from Kenny Rogers.
The Tigers took a 2-1 lead into Comerica Park for Game 4 and a dominant Jeremy Bonderman finished the Yankees off along with home runs from Magglio Ordonez and Craig Monroe. The Tigers advanced to face the Oakland A’s in the ALCS with an 8-3 win and a 3-1 series win.
Watch the Tigers KO the Yankees here