The tragic event in New York today casts a shadow over tonight’s proceedings at Shea Stadium and at the Oakland McAfee Coliseum as playoff baseball continues. With a feeling of exceptional gratitude for my family and friends, tonight I will try and enjoy the games with an appreciation for all their love, support and companionship that I hope to never take for granted.
I am attending a Tigers playoff party at my lady’s dad’s house. It just so happens that most everyone attending except for me is originally from Detroit or nearby, and the energy all those Tiger fans have been exuding leading up to and during the playoffs has been highly contagious. Despite the disappointment I felt after New York’s early exit, which now pales compared to the deep feeling of despair I have in my stomach for the Lidle family, I am quite sure the same joyous, electric atmosphere will be there tonight and I will get caught up in the mood.
I hope both games are exciting, fun, full of baseball drama, and that a good time is had by all at the games and watching or listening at home. Though I never knew him, I would like to imagine that it is what Cory would want. Whether you choose to watch the games or spend your evening in some other endeavor, I hope you all have a safe and good night, folks.
Let’s play ball. Lineups for the games are in the extended.
Here’s the lineup. I’m sorry I didn’t have time today to do a gamer write-up, but the players are hyperlinked if you want to read about the guys tonight.
GAME 2 ALCS (Detroit Leads 1-0)