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Sunday, October 15, 2006
Destiny is
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etroit Tigers!

We're World Series bound, baby!! Wow, what a night. I mistakenly thought the A's had given up. They proved last night they didn't want to go down easy. I applaud them for fighting it out to the end. They did not make it an easy win. It was a tense, on-the-edge-of-your-seat night for us.

It started off a bit rocky as half way through the first inning, the occupants for the still empty seats to our right arrived. We knew it was going to be bad when they, and their buddies who were already seated, started yelling to each other from across the section. Three of the four were actually fine. The fourth one, well.....remember the Saturday Night Live skit with Drunk Girl? He made her look like the spokesperson for AA. He barrelled his way down our row, beer in hand, and bellowing for all to hear. His friends suggested he tone it down, and he preceded to tell them, in an extremely loud voice, that he was at the #$%#$%#$ ALCS and he wasn't going to @#$%@#$% be quiet for any @#$%@#$%@#$% one. And then he got worse. A couple of innings later, he left for a refill and bathroom break because you know all that beer has to go somewhere. When he returned, it was to complain loudly that security had been waiting for him outside the restroom door to remind him that this was a family event and he needed to take it down a notch. He sat there fuming and challenging whoever called security on him to tell him to his face. He finally stormed off again. He returned towards the end to get his jacket and left for good. I was just happy that he was missing for most of the game because he was a huge obnoxious distraction.

Back to the game, the A's scored early and took a 3-0 lead. Ouch! What was going on? What was happening to our easy win? Jeremy Bonderman struggled as the pitcher, but battled his way through and held them to 3 runs. We tied them up and there it stayed and stayed and stayed. I was confident that the Tigers would win one more in this series, but I really wanted it to happen last night. I wanted Jim to see his Tigers clinch the league championship, and they did. What a moment.

The game Friday night was a much faster and easier game, but, man, was it cold. I wore three pairs of pants and shirts, and a coat and gloves with a blanket on my lap for Friday's game. On Saturday, I just wore the three layers of pants and shirts, and my gloves. It was much better weather-wise, but both nights I felt like the Michelin baby. I couldn't even bend my knees or at the waist.

Our seats this weekend were nose-bleeders. We were in the second to last row over homeplate in the upper deck on Friday. We were in the upper deck last night as well, but about six rows down from the top row. We were two sections to the right of the big scoreboard. These are the seats that normally sell for $5.00.

We would not have been able to go to the division championship last week or the league championship this week if it weren't for a wonderful friend, Ann. Ann was Jim's department chair when he first came to work at his school. She was a wonderful mentor and friend to him. She's been retired for 4 years now and is active in local government. Every year Jim arranges for a group to see the Tigers play the Yankees in the early summer. Ann is also a huge baseball fan and goes every year on this group trip. When she saw that the Tigers were heading to the play-offs, she got on-line and joined the lottery for tickets. She wanted to do something for Jim as a thanks for arranging those trips every summer. She got tickets to two games in each series. She rode with us both weekends. She has been such a wonderful friend and has given Jim the experience of a lifetime. Jim is overwhelmed with gratitude and disbelief that this could be happening. I am just incredibly grateful to Ann for giving this experience to both of us, but especially to Jim.

And yes, Jim did get a picture of the last play of the game. Here is Magglio Ordonez's walk-off homerun. Jim has an awesome lens for his camera that allowed him to get this shot from as far away as we were.


Blogger Pamela said...

What a wonderful friend to get tickets for the American League Championship game! woohoo! That picture of Magglio Ordonez at the plate is awesome! I have got to look into upgrading my digital camera. :)

"Tag" you're it! Only if you'd like to play. :)

Blogger 5KidMom said...

Congrats to you and your Tigers!!

My husband was pretty disappointed when his Padres went down in the 1st round of the playoffs this year. He is a San Diego guy, born and bred. Oh well. There's always next season.

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