First taste of playoff baseball

Photo from Flickr by Ben+Sam. CC BY- SA 2.0. 2006 ALDS game. 


It was roughly 40 degrees and 40,000 people were waving small white towels on command from the scoreboard display. Cold weather and rally towels. Two staples of playoff baseball.

In Game 2 of the 2012 ALDS, a rally was in store for the home team.

Trailing 2-1 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and men on first and second, Miguel Cabrera, the Detroit Tiger’s best hitter, sent a line drive to center field. The stellar Oakland A’s centerfielder, Coco Crisp, bobbled his basket catch attempt and both runners scored. 3-2 Detroit.

“I saw it come off the heel of my glove, and I tried to grab again,” Crisp said via ESPN after the game. “I even went for it barehanded, but I couldn’t get it.”

Flash forward to the bottom of the ninth and the score is knotted at 4-4.

This time, a below average Detroit batter, Don Kelly, stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and one out. Kelly sent a ball high into the air towards the right fielder. The crowd carefully tracked the ball and began to roar. No, it wasn’t a home run. It was a sacrifice fly, but that’s all the Tigers needed to take a 2-0 series lead to Oakland.

The Detroit players sprinted to first base to mob their clutch role player and a sea of white rally towels surrounded the stadium.




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