October 17, 2012

April 21, 1984 - Rain Delayed

Game #176 - Chicago White Sox, 5 @ Detroit Tigers, 8

Tonight in the real 2012 season the Yankees/Tigers game was rained out.  The Tigers are one win away from going to the World Series and having the chance to do something they haven't accomplished since 1984...

...win a World Series.

As much as I love Eddie Murray and my Baltimore Orioles, I kind of hope this Statis Pro season duplicates what the real Tigers achieved.  I think the 84 Tigers are one of the most iconic and memorable World Series winners ever.  Great hitters, great pitchers, clutch wins, huge personalities - this team had it all.

(It blows my mind there are no 1984 Tigers in the Hall of Fame.  They certainly come close with players like Alan Trammell, Lou Whitaker, Darrell Evans, Jack Morris...  I'm not saying these guys should be in the Hall, just that it's surprising no one is...)

In this game the White Sox jumped to an early 3-0 lead, due somewhat to errors by Larry Herndon and SS Doug Baker.  Chicago was still leading 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth when pitcher Floyd Bannister gave up three consecutive hits to Lou Whitaker, Chet Lemon, and Lance Parrish.  That brought Kirk Gibson to the plate.  You would think Bannister had the leftie on leftie advantage, but alas, Gibson squashed that.  One grand slam later and the Tigers took the lead and never surrendered it.

Winning Pitcher - Juan Berenguer
Losing Pitcher - Bert Roberge
Save - Willie Hernandez
Player of the Game - Gibson, 1-3, Grand Slam, BB, SB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Carlton Fisk

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