Fans celebrate Tigers' division crown
Detroit – — Tigers fans celebrated downtown Sunday as their hometown team clinched a fourth consecutive American League Central division title.
"It was exciting, nonstop cheering, always on the edge of your seat," said Owen Oszust, 12. "And when we clinched it, the entire stadium exploded. Everyone was cheering, including me."
The Tigers defeated the Minnesota Twins, 3-0, to win the division on the last day of the season.
Owen and his family also were at Friday's game, when a blowout loss to the Twins prevented a possible Tigers clinching win.
"We were disappointed," said Owen, of Canton. "But when they lost Friday, I kind of hoped they'd lose Saturday so we could come back today."
The team did lose again Saturday, stinging fans who nevertheless flocked to Comerica Park on Sunday, hoping for a better outcome.
"When we first walked in (today) we were hesitant," said Linda Klekotka, 57, of Holt. "But you could see the team gelling. They had that fire in their eyes; they wanted it."
Ian Kinsler's home run in the third inning was early proof.
"I called it that he was going to hit a homer, right before he got at bat," said David Harris, 23, of Waterford. "I was pretty confident we were going to clinch it."
The Tigers now face the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Division Series. Baltimore hosts the first two games Thursday and Friday, followed by Game 3 in Detroit on Sunday.
"I think the Tigers can beat them," Owen said. "It's going to come down to whether (key players) can perform and be clutch, like Kinsler did today."
Some fans have their eyes set beyond the Baltimore series.
"It's our year. We deserve it, we've come close," Klekotka said. "I just hope we go all the way."
■ Tickets for ALDS Game 3 Sunday and possible Game 4 Oct. 6 against Baltimore are at www.tigers.com. You can also call (866) 66-TIGER or go to the Comerica Park box office.
■ Customers can buy as many as 12 tickets for each game.
■ For information, go to www.tigers.com/postseason.