For the next several weeks we’ll be rolling out our list of the best The Moment’s of 2013. The list is the product of winnowing down 173 moments from April to October into the best twenty. They vary in their importance but all captivated us in an important way. A few are silly, a few are excellent plays, and a few will travel down in Tigers lore. I hope you enjoy it.
#10 Rick Porcello’s First Career Complete Game
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Regular readers know about my affinity for Rick Porcello and my affinity for complete games. In four plus seasons, Porcello had never been given the chance to finish what he started and Leyland offered his starters almost no chances to do so in 2013. But with the offense cruising and Porcello on fire, he got his chance. Porcello walked one and struck out four as he allowed a single run during his nine inning affair and managed to retire the final seventeen White Sox that he faced. For most people, this probably doesn’t crack the top ten moments, but I actually struggled to leave it this low. I’m not sure that I can fully articulate why it filled me with so much joy, but it’s probably the most fun I had watching a Tigers game this year.