DETROIT -- Prince Fielder said it was the longest out of his career.
With the Tigers up 8-1 and two out in the ninth, Jayson Nix hit a perfectly routine pop fly to first base -- perfectly routine to everyone in the stadium other than Fielder. Fielder waved his arms in celebration, a grin spreading across his face, as he waited to make the catch.
"I thought the ball was never going to come down," he said. "It was an awesome feeling because I knew I was going to catch it, but it stayed up there forever."
Enough time for Fielder's teammates to start the celebration early.
"As soon as the ball came off Nix's bat, I knew the game was over," Justin Verlander said. "I was already onto the field by the time Prince caught it. At least I think Prince was the one who caught it -- I never did see that part."
Austin Jackson was also celebrating long before Fielder actually caught the ball.
"You never want to take a game for granted, so I kept trying not to think about what was happening," ...