The last time the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees faced one another in the playoffs, Kenny Rogers was a ruthless magician with “dirt” on his pitching hand and the embarrassing Jaret Wright was a member of the Yanks’ rotation. So much has changed since that puzzling 2006 postseason, and both the Rogers and Wright items will likely never be explained. That’s probably for the better. I’m just glad we’ve all moved on.
Tonight’s pitching matchup features Justin Verlander and CC Sabathia. The only thing we’ll be missing from this showdown is an Erick Aybar bunt. Enjoy the enjoyment. And any potential mound karate by the always subtle, Jose Valverde.