Originally written October 11, 2012 on Five Tool Tool:
Down 3-1 going into the ninth. Detroit poised to end the series in four, and set themselves up for multiple Justin Verlanded starts in the ALCS. Three outs from the most fun team in recent MLB memory going down. Does anyone leave the stadium? No. Mostly because they've seen the team come back too many times. Mostly because they've seen them win with a walk-off hit. FOURTEEN TIMES IN 2012. So Josh Reddick, who about 10 days ago was riding an 0-for-Ridiculously Long, sneaks a single to right. Josh Donaldson, a guy who flailed his way out of the majors in the first half and mashed in he second, just misses a two-run homer to left off the wall. Seth Smith, a Colorado castoff who looked like a guy who could only hit at altitude in a platoon, rips a no-doubt double. And after two outs from two guys who have no real offensive ability, Coco Crisp, an injury-prone CF with defensive lapses who cost them a game earlier in the series, who was barely hitting his IQ earlier this year....
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