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Saturday, August 25, 2007
The Late Late Show


For all of you who either were in attendance or stayed up late watching our late-night/early-morning game last night against the Yankees, I'd like to say thank you. Marcus Thames asked me during game, about 1:30 a.m. ET, to make sure I thank all the fans who stuck it out in the rain delay and late hours of the night to cheer for us. If you recall, though, our game didn't finally finish up until about 3:30 a.m.

ONE GRAND SEASON
Curtis Granderson is the first player with 21 triples in a season since Lance Johnson had 21 for the 1996 Mets.
• He's the first AL player with 21 triples in a season since Willie Wilson had 21 for the 1985 Royals.
• He now has 32 doubles, 21 triples, and 16 home runs. The only player in MLB history to have at least that many doubles, triples, and HR in the same season is Kiki Cuyler (43-26-18) for the 1925 Pirates.
• He is the first Tiger with 20-plus triples in a season since Ty Cobb had 24 in 1917.
That was something I had never really been a part of before, and it was weird how your body and mind react. The start time of 11:05 p.m. wasn't that bad because we have played extra-inning games that have gone later than that. The problem came once we hit the 2-a.m. mark. That is when I started looking at guys and seeing the sleepiness start to set in for everyone. I think the toughest thing about last night involved the guys who had to enter the game late (Bobby Abreu, 1:50 a.m.; Sean Casey, 2:00; Jose Molina, 2:05; and all the bullpen pitchers) and try to produce.

When Carlos Guillen hit the walk-off home run, the first thing out of my mouth was, "We finally get to go home." I was so just ready for the game so we could finally leave the park. After leaving the ballpark and eating, I made it to bed around 5. Now I have to be back and ready to do it again tonight. Everyone, if you could, please, please, please hope and pray that we can start on time tonight and play nine innings. Thanks again for all the fans who were out or staying up, both Yankees and Tigers fans.