DETROIT (CBS Detroit) – The energy in Detroit was electric Thursday night as thousands of thrilled Tiger fans celebrated their team’s dominating ALCS win over the New York Yankees.
Following the 8-1 victory, the crowd went wild.
Feverish fans in the stands included Chad Schneider, who said it wasn’t just the win — it was how Detroit’s boys destroyed the Yankees the make it to the World Series.
“I didn’t think we were gonna beat them this bad,” he told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Sandra McNeil. “We smoked ’em! It was a good game.”
During the post-game ceremonies, Tigers owner Mike Ilitch expressed his appreciation for the team.
“They’re humble, they’re down to earth, they appreciate the fans to no end, and I couldn’t be happier between, you know, the Red Wings and the Tigers — but the Tigers are something special,” Ilitch said.
Ilitch directed his thanks, also, into the stands. “It’s a big thrill … but my fans, 3 million, my fans — you pumped my players up!”
Hear the final call of the game: