Phil Coke was once a Yankee. He won a World Series with New York, so that had to be cool, but the "Evil Empire" ultimately traded him away and he's never been able to pitch in a situation like the one he was in on Thursday night--as a Detroit Tiger, closing out a sweep of the team that gave up on him and in front of a rabid home fanbase.
Needless to say, for a guy who's already a little crazy, recording the last out of the ALCS to send his team to the World Series warranted some emotion:
After having a 4.00 ERA during the regular season and becoming just a sparsely used situational reliever down the stretch, Coke is now the unofficial closer of a World Series bound team. He has now thrown 7.1 shutout innings in the postseason with five strikeouts and two walks.
Following the on-field celebration, Coke carried his three-month old baby girl off the field in what was a more gentle moment. One day, she'll see the above GIF and shudder thinking that poor glove could've been her.