Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 1/17/14
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DETROIT -- Phil Garner spent five years as Brad Ausmus' manager, first in Detroit in 2000 and then again for four years in Houston, which included the Astros' World Series run in 2005. During a phone conversation from his home in Houston, it wasn't easy for Garner to pick his favorite moment with Ausmus, the new manager of the Tigers. For sure, Ausmus' bottom-of-the-ninth homer that tied Game 4 of the 2005 NLDS, which the Astros won in 18 innings, was right up there. "But the single most important thing Brad Ausmus said in his entire career is what got us to the World Series," Garner recalled. The Astros had a three-games-to-one lead in the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals and were one out away from clinching a World Series berth at home. Then Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer to make the Cards 5-4 winners, sending the series back to St. Louis. The stunning shot was a laser that pierced the confidence of the Astros. "We were clearly down after being so high," Garner said. "On ...
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