The Detroit Tigers arrived home Friday morning to cheers after clinching a trip for the second year in a row to the AL championship.
The players touched down just after 8 a.m.
The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner and MVP Justin Verlander declined to comment as he wheeled his suitcases to a waiting car, but his performance spoke for itself.
Thursday night, he threw a four-hitter in the decisive Game 5 to lift the Tigers to a 6-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
“It was incredible. I mean, I’ve caught a lot of his games and he threw really well,” Alex Avila told Local 4. “It’s exciting. What you saw on the field, that’s just pure emotion right there.”
The Tigers now wait and see if they will face either the New York Yankees or Baltimore Orioles. That series is tied at two games apiece heading into Game 5 on Friday night in New York. Game 1 of the ALCS is scheduled for Saturday.
If Baltimore wins, it will start in Detroit. Otherwise the Motown crew is headed to the Big Apple.