DETROIT Tigers catcher Alex Avila stood in a corner of the clubhouse Thursday night, puffing a Cuban cigar and making no attempt to wipe neither the smile nor the celebratory sparkling grape juice off his face.
After the Tigers drafted me, I was down in the Instructional League in Florida, said Avila, a fifth-round pick in 2008 from the University of Alabama. I said to my dad, Wouldnt it be great if we win a World Series with the Tigers?
My dad said, It would be amazing.
A few feet away, his father and Tigers assistant GM Al Avila, was laughing with other club executives while they all enjoyed a sweep of the New York Yankees in the ALCS.
Now, were four wins away from winning it all, Alex Avila said. Four more wins, four more winsThats it.
The Tigers will travel to either St. Louis to face the Cardinals or to San Francisco to play the Giants in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night. The Cards had a 3-1 series lead headed into Friday nights game in St. Louis.