If the Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series (they're up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series), a former Duluth Duke has already played a huge part.
In Saturday night's Game 1, tied 4-4 in the 11th, Detroit pitcher Drew Smylycame into the game in the biggest spot in his young major league career. Smyly survived the 11th, and after former Twin Delmon Young drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the 12th, he shut the Yankees down in the bottom of the frame to pick up the win in relief.
Just three years ago, Smyly spent the summer in Duluth, playing for the minor league Huskies in Wade Stadium. Huskies general manager Craig Smith told the Duluth News-Tribune Smyly has "a lot of ice in his veins"and "It's kind of cool to see these guys get up to that level."
It certainly is, especially when they excel under intense pressure on the game's biggest stage.