DETROIT -- When Prince Fielder caught Jayson Nix's pop-up for the final out of the ALCS, reliever Phil Coke took off his glove, slammed it down on the mound and let out a few primal screams before his teammates mobbed him.
The Detroit Tigers had swept the New York Yankees and were headed to the World Series, due in no small part to the way Coke had performed.
Coke pitched in all four games against the Yankees, the team that originally drafted him in the 26th round in 2002, and earned two saves and a hold.
The two postseason saves were one more than Coke had during the entire regular season. Before Coke, no reliever who had fewer than two saves during the regular season had at least two saves in the LCS.
"Its been a blast," Coke said. "I couldnt ask for a better opportunity than for us to get to the World Series, have a chance to participate and do the best job I could for my team and get this dude (Max Scherzer) a win."
Considering the final score was 8-1, the stress level was...