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.
#5 – Cabrera Homers Off Rivera
The Tigers had won 12 straight games and had put the division to bed. They looked invincible, but the Yanks took a 3-1 lead and had two outs and two strikes with the best relief pitcher in history on the mound. The streak was dead – until it wasn’t. A cutter that caught too much plate on the inner half found its way into the netting in centerfield courtesy of Miguel Cabrera. It was an electric, “no one can touch us” moment. Amazingly, the zombie Tigers lost the game in the 10th inning, but that doesn’t change the way it felt to watch the Tigers rally back again in such dramatic fashion at the tail end of the streak that defined the season.