Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
It might be cliche, and it might be an obvious choice, but I can't think of a better moment this season than when Magglio Ordonez hit his three run walk-off home run off Huston Street in game four of the ALCS. Sure, the Tigers were going to win the series with or without that home run, but the ensuing celebration was a moment that will live out for years to come. How many Tiger fans have that clip saved on their TiVo or computer and re-watch it over and over again. It was the moment that the Tigers made it back to the World Series, and it helped ease the pain of nearly 20 years of frustrating baseball. It might not have been the moment that will mark the Tigers' return to the baseball scene, but it will be the moment everyone remembers from the '06 season (that, or Kenny Rogers dumping champagne on a cop).
Mark Anderson, Associate Editor, Minor Leagues
It's tough to pick just one favorite moment from the 2006 season. There were so many components that were absolutely magical. I think the best moment for me was Craig Monroe's homerun against the Yankees, late in the year. To me, that was a sign that this team could accomplish anything, and that they weren't afraid of the "Big Bad Yankees." The Tigers did a lot of things this summer; a lot of things that Tiger fans hadn't had the pleasure of seeing for almost two decades, but that homerun stood out in my mind. The Tigers will be hard-pressed to duplicate the magic of the '06 season, but the memories will last, and for that I am thankful.
Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
I think the best moment was Game 2 of the Yankees series. After losing the division in the last day of the season, and losing the opener to New York, pretty much everyone nationally thought the Tigers were done. Well, Justin Verlander came back with a good outing, Curtis Granderson had an incredible AB in driving in the go-ahead run against Mike Mussina, and Joel Zumaya struck out both Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez late in the game. That win was kind of the national coming-out party for those three youngsters and proved to everybody that the Tigers weren't just going to roll over and die for the Yankees. The next night, Kenny Rogers threw the game of his life and began his remarkable postseason run, and Jeremy Bonderman came of age before our very eyes and sent the Yankees home. The Tigers had everything but the Disney ending, but even though the Tigers didn't win the World Series, this was the most magical season the Tigers have had in a generation, and hopefully the Tigers will be able to build on that success.
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