THE TIGERS COMPLETE THE SWEEP of the Yankees with an 8-1 victory. The lead in the New York Post: Ninety-five wins, an AL East title and an ALDS victory never looked this empty. Last night in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Tigers at Comerica Park, the last shred of baseball dignity belonging to the Yankees was stripped away via an 8-1 pounding that completed an embarrassing sweep and sent the Yankees into the offseason stunned.
-From Mitch Albom’s column in the Detroit Free Press: Sweeping Beauty. That was more than a victory, folks, that was a runway strut. A home run. Another home run. Great starting pitching. Great relief pitching. The Tigers kept coming, posing, displaying this, displaying that, the whole arsenal of a complete baseball team, until the final popout of this 8-1 clincher Thursday at Comerica Park.
-If you want to see who Yankees fans (or at least those that visit the Post’s site) want to bring back and who they don’t, check out this nifty player-by-player poll.
-Happy for O.J. and other Tigers fans like my grandfather, but that had to be the least interesting league championship series I’ve ever seen (on the field). No drama, very little atmosphere. The Yankees were striking out more than overmatched high school softball players. Just hope the World Series can bring some juice back.
THE CARDINALS MOVE ONE STEP CLOSER to meeting the Tigers by defeating the Giants 8-3 to take a 3-1 series lead in the NLCS. Game 5 is 8 tonight on WFXR, with Barry Zito scheduled to oppose Lance Lynn.
-Offensive guard David Wang is listed as probable for the Hokies against Clemson.
-No. 2 Oregon rips Arizona State 43-21.
-Tonight’s TV game is UConn at Syracuse (8 p.m., ESPN).
-Your Saturday TV/internet games of note: Virginia Tech at Clemson (noon, WSET), LSU at Texas A&M (noon, ESPN), Wake Forest at Virginia (12:30 p.m., WDBJ), Stanford at Cal (3 p.m., WFXR), BC at Georgia Tech (3 p.m., ESPN3), Texas Tech at TCU (3:30 p.m., WSET), South Carolina at Florida (3:30 p.m., WDBJ), BYU at Notre Dame (3:30 p.m., WSLS), N.C. State at Maryland (3:30 p.m., ESPNU), Alabama at Tennessee (7 p.m., EESPN), Kansas State at West Virginia (7 p.m., WFXR), North Carolina at Duke (7 p.m., ESPNU), Florida State at Miami (8 p.m., WSET).
-Matt Culicerto has gone from water boy at William Byrd to player at Northside. Along the way, he overcame a frightening bout with viral meningitis and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis.
-Here are Robert’s predictions for tonight.
NAME THAT TUNE
It feels so good in my hood tonight
The summertime skirts and the guys in Kani
All the gang bangers forgot about the drive-by
You gotta get your groove on, before you go get paid
So tip up your cup and throw your hands up
And let me hear the party say…