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Filling the (MLB) Void: Detroit Tigers Game 4 2006 ALCS Walk-Off Into The World Series

On a cold October night in 2006, Magglio Ordóñez restored the roar in Downtown Detroit, leading to the team’s first World Series since 1984

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Filling the (MLB) Void: Detroit Tigers Game 4 2006 ALCS Walk-Off Into The World Series

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Did you have a hard time with the Major League Baseball lockout? Yeah – us too. With Spring Training finally starting but no games just yet I thought I’d sneak one last Filling The Void before baseball is really back. While we may not have any current MLB baseball to watch live, there is PLENTY of archive footage available at our fingertips. We’ve scoured the internet and assembled some of the most iconicnoteworthy, and remarkable baseball games we could find. We also found some mundanerun of the mill stories, that seemed banal at first watch.

The Night That Magglio Ordonez became a Detroit Sports Legend

The 2006 Detroit Tigers were a surprise, to say the least. A young and mostly unknown roster outside of veteran starter Kenny Rogers, veteran closer Todd Jones, and veteran manager Jim Leyland would go on to make their first World Series appearance since 1984 and their first post-season appearance since 1987. When hall of fame catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriquez came to Detroit following the 2003 season where they recorded a major league record 119 losses it signaled the signs of change. But no one expected the turnaround to be quite so quick. Entering the 2006 playoffs as a Wild Card team they were far from projected to go to the World Series that year. That was until Magglio Ordóñez restored the roar and tied game 4 in the 6th inning and then went on to walk it off to the loudest cheers that Comerica Park had experienced in its then 6-year history. With that, the Tigers would go on to dominate the AL Central for the better part of a decade and appear in another World Series in 2012. A cold October night brought optimism back to Downtown Detroit and if Tigers fans are lucky there will be more of those as they start to come out of a rebuild since that dominant decade.

An actor by degree, sports lover by day, and a bartender by night. As a native of suburban Detroit it took moving to NYC for Katie to fully realize her love of all things Michigan and Detroit sports. Feel free to engage her in her love of the coolest city and prettiest state in the country and why she will always root for Ohio State to lose every sporting event ever. No, really I am dead serious about that last statement.

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