DETROIT -- Anibal Sanchez looked at the ring of photos on the walls of the Tigers clubhouse -- pictures of the greatest players to ever wear the Olde English D.
All he could do was shake his head.
"It's amazing," he said after striking out a franchise-record 17 Atlanta Braves Friday night. "This team has been around for more than 100 years, and I did something that no one has ever done."
On May 26, 1969, as NASA was getting ready to send Apollo XI to the moon, Mickey Lolich struck out 16 California Angels. Seventeen days later, he struck out 16 Seattle Pilots. Until Friday, that was the most any Tigers pitcher had gotten in 113 seasons of baseball.
"I could never imagine that I would have a game with this many strikeouts," he said. "You can't even think like that."
Sanchez not only broke the record, he did it against one of the hottest teams in baseball.
"That's an aggressive team that's hitting every mistake out of the ball park right now, and he just went out and attacked t...