October 6, 2011:
It was a chilly October night in the Bronx, a Thursday to be exact, when Yankee Universe crumbled at the hands of the Tigers.
Losing Game 5 of the 2011 ALDS was one of the most intense sporting events I have ever been too, and maybe that is because it is the one Yankees loss I have not been able to shake.
The game started with Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova giving up two homers to the first two Tigers he faced, sending the Stadium into a state of shock.
And surprise, surprise the game ended with Alex Rodriguez striking out and the Yankees being eliminated from the postseason why too early.
The most devastating moment that feels like yesterday was watching the Tigers closer Jose ‘Clown’ Valverde doing his victory chest-pounding squat on the sacred mound in the Bronx.
And ever-since, October 6, 2011 has been a recurring nightmare of mine. To sum it up:
- The Yankees devastating 2-3 loss, which might in essence could have been a 2-1 win if Nova had fessed-up that his shoulder hurt instead of pitching. As Nova’s admission could have possibly eliminated both first-inning homers, but instead he sent the Stadium into a literal tailspin.
- The Valverde antics that was appropriately followed by a Tigers-fest on the field. Yuck. Valverde…made me sick.
- And of course the abrupt ending to a hopeful postseason, and one New Yorker’s felt came to soon.
This time around the two foes meet in the ALCS, so that means the Yankees and Tigers will be playing a best of seven series instead of best of five.
Verlander and Sabathia both shouldered their respective ball-clubs in their ALDS Game 5’s by throwing complete games. So, my guess is no baseball fan will want to miss the games when these two square off.
The 2012 ALCS schedule is as follows:
ALCS Game 1: Detroit at New York, 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, TBS
ALCS Game 2: Detroit at New York, 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14, TBS
ALCS Game 3: New York at Detroit, 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16, TBS
ALCS Game 4: New York at Detroit, 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, TBS
ALCS Game 5: *New York at Detroit, 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, TBS
ALCS Game 6: *Detroit at New York, 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, TBS
ALCS Game 7: *Detroit at New York, 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21, TBS
* If necessary
Probable Sabathia vs. Verlander
“If payback is a bitch and revenge is sweet then I’m the sweetest bitch you will ever meet.”