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Twins-Tigers talk

Tuesday night's Tigers-Twins game was so good that people would be writing books about it years later if it involved the Yankees or Red Sox. Of course, I hope they weren't watching TBS' atrocious coverage, as Chip Caray ruined the family name with an historically brutal night behind the microphone that left him battered by the masses on Twitter and Craig Sager further embarrassed himself with his purple jacket. You're not the story, dude.

The '09 Tigers, who held a seven-game lead in September and a three-game lead with four to play, go down in history with other great chokers like the '07 and '08 Mets, the '04 Yankees, '78 Red Sox and '64 Phillies. Of course, Caray actually called it one of Jim Leyland's "best managing jobs." Say what?

Blue Jays fans are snickering today with the thought the baseball gods finally caught up to the Tigers for stealing that AL East pennant in 1987, when Toronto lost the final seven games -- including the last three in Detroit -- to blow a 3 1/2-game lead in the final week.

Go to this link for a terrific section of coverage from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Beat writer LaValle Neal had a 4:45 a.m. wakeup call to New York after a wet night in the clubhouse. Been there, done that. (Stayed dry in the Bisons' 1997 championship celebration in Iowa. Was at Jacobs Field a week later when the Indians clinched the Central and pitcher Brian Anderson reminded me how I was dry with the Herd. I thus got soaked by the Tribe).

Detroit Free Press columnist Michael Rosenberg said, "This was one of those rare, special days in sports where the moment seems so important, the game cannot possibly live up to it -- and then the game exceeds it."

ESPN.com's Gene Wojciechowski takes you inside the Twins' clubhouse.

---Mike Harrington

(www.twitter.com/bnharrington)

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

@BNHarrington | [email protected]


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | [email protected]

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