Thursday Night Open Thread: Another night, another Game 5

Good evening!

It’s Thursday October 10 and the Oakland Tigers and Detroit Tigers are once again paying in a Division Series to see who will get the chance to play in the League Championship Series. This time, whoever wins will be facing the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS. Lucky them!

So who do you think will win? Who do you think should win? And which team has the best chance against Boston in a seven-game series?

I don’t think it matters. As much as it pains me to say this, it is Boston’s year. I think they’ll be winning the World Series. Ugh, life was so much better when Boston was the perennial hard luck loser – or at least it seemed that way. Can we go back to that time?

elduqueSpeaking of going back in time, 15 years ago tonight, ‘El Duque’ Orlando Hernandez won Game Four of the American League Championship Series against the Cleveland Indians. Remember? The Yankees were down two games to one in the series and Jim Thome hit a bomb to right field in the first inning that somehow didn’t make it out of the park and was caught at the wall.

I was at my Grandma’s apartment for her 90th birthday party – it was a Saturday – and was watching the game in one room with my cousins Chris and Erik, my dad, my Uncle Kevin and my brother, while the rest of the family was in another room. We all yelled in horror when Thome hit the ball and then all nearly collapsed in relief when it was caught. I’ll never forget that. It was pretty hilarious. I mean, I’m not kidding we all screamed, “NOOOOOOOOO!” simultaneously just as pained as Luke Skywalker did when he found out Vader was his dad.

Now, if you haven’t yet hit the link to take a gander at the boxscore, tell me who was the losing pitcher in that game. If you get it correct, I’m sorry, but you don’t win anything because I have nothing to give you.

Ha! Tricked you!

Happy Thursday!

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

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