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

(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.

New York Yankees' Brett Gardner strikes out in the seventh.
New York Yankees' Brett Gardner strikes out in the seventh.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
The Detroit Tigers celebrate.
The Detroit Tigers celebrate.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
New York Yankees' CC Sabathia is taken out of the game in the fourth inning.
New York Yankees' CC Sabathia is taken out of the game in the fourth inning.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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