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There was a tweet sent out about Darrell Evans being the Tigers first big name signing. That got me to thinking about the 87 playoffs and his blunder. I wanted to find video of it and the ovation. So far all I got was this montage prior to game 5. (I don't know why but I have little memories of that series except for game 5)

I had forgotten about his error in the field. At the 1 minute mark they show the pickoff and then after the error. Two questions. Was he out on the pickoff? ANd on the error, it looks like the runner missed the bag.

What do you think?

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If those last seven regular season games against the Blue Jays was a World Series, that would have been one of the greatest of all time.

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If those last seven regular season games against the Blue Jays was a World Series, that would have been one of the greatest of all time.

The end of 1987 ranks up there with my most memorable Tigers "moments". It's in the Top 5 with the 35-5 start in 84, the 84 World Series, Fidrych's emergence in the summer of 76, The '06 playoffs.

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All I remember is this was the beginning of my hatred for the Twins.

Ditto. I was a kid growing up in Minnesota at the time, a Tiger fan who was happy enough to follow the local team just for something to do... until that series. Bah.

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I was at the last two games against the Jays...still have the ticket stub from the Sunday game. Possibly the most exhilarating weekend of baseball I've witnessed live.

I was ambivalent about the Twins before that miserable end to a magical season. Now I hate them like the National Review hates Trump

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I remember the Twins players wives blowing those dang whistles at the Metrodome.

Thank God that place was destroyed.

I also remember Kent Hrbek taking a pickoff throw at 1st base and lifting the Tigers player off the base once he had the ball and the umps called the Tigers runner out. I had forgotten the Darrell Evans plays. Looks like the umps really messed up the series.

I do remember Pat Sheridan's game winning homerun. I was really breathing a sigh of relief as the Tigers needed that. They started the year something like 11-19 before catching fire and winning the Division in the last week against the Blue Jays.

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I remember the Twins players wives blowing those dang whistles at the Metrodome.

Thank God that place was destroyed.

I also remember Kent Hrbek taking a pickoff throw at 1st base and lifting the Tigers player off the base once he had the ball and the umps called the Tigers runner out. I had forgotten the Darrell Evans plays. Looks like the umps really messed up the series.

I do remember Pat Sheridan's game winning homerun. I was really breathing a sigh of relief as the Tigers needed that. They started the year something like 11-19 before catching fire and winning the Division in the last week against the Blue Jays.

I remember the picture of that play in the paper. If I remember correctly, it was first page of the sports section, big picture, maybe 4 col. x 12" or so, of Evans on his knees at the base after the play, arms spread out looking toward either the ump or the dugout, with a "What the hell?" look on his face.

The other thing I remember: I got invited to that game by some media vendor, but my boss vetoed it because I had to do some insertion orders or some other routine crap. In reality, she didn't like me much at the time and probably just didn't want me to go. It would have been my first playoff game ever. I'm friends with the woman now, but at the time, I was pissed.

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I also remember Kent Hrbek taking a pickoff throw at 1st base and lifting the Tigers player off the base once he had the ball and the umps called the Tigers runner out. I had forgotten the Darrell Evans plays. Looks like the umps really messed up the series.

He did the same thing in the 91 WS.

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I remember the picture of that play in the paper. If I remember correctly, it was first page of the sports section, big picture, maybe 4 col. x 12" or so, of Evans on his knees at the base after the play, arms spread out looking toward either the ump or the dugout, with a "What the hell?" look on his face.

The other thing I remember: I got invited to that game by some media vendor, but my boss vetoed it because I had to do some insertion orders or some other routine crap. In reality, she didn't like me much at the time and probably just didn't want me to go. It would have been my first playoff game ever. I'm friends with the woman now, but at the time, I was pissed.

You probably were also thinking.... "****, there'll always be playoff games to go to... no biggie." 19 years later.....

When the Tigers clinched the playoff spot in 2006 against KC when they came back from commercial before the bottom of the 9th they showed the final out in 1987 against Toronto. I legitimately got choked up. Nobody else was home. For some reason I started flashing back over those 19 years thinking "I was a freshman in HS, now I am married, have a wife, 2 kids, a mortgage...."

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You probably were also thinking.... "****, there'll always be playoff games to go to... no biggie." 19 years later.....

When the Tigers clinched the playoff spot in 2006 against KC when they came back from commercial before the bottom of the 9th they showed the final out in 1987 against Toronto. I legitimately got choked up. Nobody else was home. For some reason I started flashing back over those 19 years thinking "I was a freshman in HS, now I am married, have a wife, 2 kids, a mortgage...."

My reflection moment was when Magglio hit his HR.

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My thought when he hit it was "WHY THE **** AM I NOT THERE!"

I had tickets but circumstances were tight on that day, a family friend had a wedding so all of our family was there... my wife was with her grandma in the hospital who needed someone there at all times. Nobody to watch the kids so we just said "Oh well, we'll skip this one and go to game 5 on Sunday. if they sweep then so be it, I'll be so happy they won I won't care"

Never again will I forgo a potential clinching game.

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My reflection moment was when Magglio hit his HR.

I was at a birthday party, watching the game outside in the cold with some others (small house, and a few of us had more pressing things to pay attention to). I just started laughing and couldn't stop. Seeing Polanco jumping around the bases towards home. It was great.

Dickerson's call gave me the chills many, many times after it. I probably would've broken down if I had heard the radio call. Honestly, I kind of wish I had been listening to Dickerson rather than Vasgersian and Karros or whomever else was handling TV for that game.

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You probably were also thinking.... "****, there'll always be playoff games to go to... no biggie." 19 years later.....

When the Tigers clinched the playoff spot in 2006 against KC when they came back from commercial before the bottom of the 9th they showed the final out in 1987 against Toronto. I legitimately got choked up. Nobody else was home. For some reason I started flashing back over those 19 years thinking "I was a freshman in HS, now I am married, have a wife, 2 kids, a mortgage...."

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My thought when he hit it was "WHY THE **** AM I NOT THERE!"

I had tickets but circumstances were tight on that day, a family friend had a wedding so all of our family was there... my wife was with her grandma in the hospital who needed someone there at all times. Nobody to watch the kids so we just said "Oh well, we'll skip this one and go to game 5 on Sunday. if they sweep then so be it, I'll be so happy they won I won't care"

Never again will I forgo a potential clinching game.

But if you had gone, the Tigers might not have won. Butterfly effect.

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