Curtis Granderson and Marcus Thames begin their 2010 postseasons Wednesday night with the New York Yankees. Their ALDS opponent is the Minnesota Twins. A year ago Wednesday, Granderson and Thames were also in Minneapolis for an important game against the Twins. Maybe you remember it, Tigers fans: Game 163 for the AL Central title.â†µ
That coincidence didn't get past MLB.com's Jason Beck, who spoke with the two former Tigers a day before their playoff series opener.â†µ
"I think it's arguably one of the best games I've ever been a part of," Granderson said Tuesday, "even though we came up on the losing side of things. But the ups and downs, the back and forths, the long innings in that game, I wouldn't have traded it for anything in the world."â†µ
Thames actually didn't play in the game, which essentially told him that he wouldn't be with the Tigers in 2010. He still remembers not being called on (especially against Scott Baker, a pitcher he hit well against) in such an important circumstance.â†µ
"I was a little upset I didn't get to play in that last game," Thames said. "With my career numbers off Baker, it didn't sit too well in my stomach. But I was a team guy. I sat up there and rooted for the team. But it's a whole different story. I turned that page when it was over, and I'm ready to chip in and contribute with the Yankees."â†µ
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