Baseball Rarity: Yankees Get Swept by Tigers
It wasn't even close
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2012 7:16 PM CDT
New York Yankees' Brett Gardner strikes out in the seventh.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

(Newser) – It's a tough night to be a Yankees fan. The Detroit Tigers thumped the Yanks 8-1 tonight to sweep the ALCS and advance to the World Series. How bad was it?

  • The Yankees not only failed to win a game, they never even led one, points out the New York Times.
  • "Mowed Down in Motown," says the headline in the New York Post, which notes that this is the first postseason sweep of the Yankees since 1976.
  • "Motown and Out!" says the Daily News, whose story pronounces the sweep "embarrassing."
  • Maybe worse than the hometown abuse is Tom Gage's line in the Detroit News that the Tigers "stepped over the pebble-sized obstacle the Yankees proved to be."
The Tigers will face the winner of the Giants-Cardinals series, and Bleacher Report has plenty more on that series as well the Tigers-Yankees here.

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Oct 19, 2012 9:04 AM CDT
Wow ... the Tigers swept da YANKS?? OK ... y'got my attention. One of the really neat things for me about baseball is that I don't have to be an active "fan" to enjoy a well played and interesting championship series. I don't follow the game for the most part. Oh ... I did for a while waaaay back in the Eighties ... and ... I was a Cubs fan. I love Chicago, and Wrigley is like a holy place for the sport with those exquisite pans out across the lake or up into the porches of the neighborhood. I knew their numbers all the way back to the warm end of the bench. ... the pain ... the pain ... In my own self-interest I walked away. but ... I digress ... Even though I don't follow the season, when something interesting happens, baseball is a game I can just go back and watch ... It is a constant in most ways. So, when a team sweeps the Yankees, it gets my attention.
Oct 19, 2012 8:17 AM CDT
Ah ya! I was hoping for an '06 repeat and it is shaping up to be just that...assuming the heavy offense of the Cards show up to the 'ship this year.
Oct 19, 2012 7:09 AM CDT
Any day the yankees lose is a good day.