Tigers expect Oakland-style craziness from AT&T Park crowd

Tigers expect Oakland-style craziness from AT&T Park crowd
October 24, 2012, 1:53 am
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SAN FRANCISCO The Detroit Tigers deserve to win a Bay Area baseball Mr. Congeniality award.When talking about what they expect from the AT&T Parkcrowd, many Tigers managed to compliment both Giants and As fans in theprocess.Hopefully that Oaklandseries prepared us for this, Austin Jackson said. Just watching the NLCS onTV it was loud, so I cant imagine how its going to be live.ALCS MVP Delmon Young compared the scene in Oakland during the Division Series to aninternational soccer match.If theyre anything like Oakland,its going to be a crazy series because that was the most intense scene Iveever seen. That was like playing in FIFA World Cup soccer. The only thing thatseparates them is a bridge so I think itll be crazy.The noise at AT&T Park during Games 6 and 7forced Fox announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver to raise their voices duringthe game broadcast and the auxiliary press box in the third deck would shakeduring big moments. Tigers catcher Gerald Laird is expecting more of the same, or worse, in theWorld Series.We expect the worst. We see how the Bay Area is. Its loud. Oakland was great; it was a great atmosphere.We expect the same here in San Francisco.Laird said he was really impressed while watching the end of Game 7 by the fansthat embraced a strong rain like it was a hot shower.You can tell last night no one left and it was a downpourfor the last out. So we know how much they love their baseball here. But aftergoing through Oakland,we feel like we can play in any stadium because it was probably the loudestwed been in all year.The Giants helped their crowd get loud in Games 6 and 7 of the NLCS becausethey scored early in each game. Marco Scutaro, the NLCS MVP, was a big reasonwhy the fans had something to cheer about early, whether it was the age-oldLets go Giants! chants or the MVP! MVP! encouragement for Buster Poseywhen he came up with ducks on the pond. So how do the Tigers plan on keeping Scutaro, who hit .500 over 28 at-bats inthe NLCS, off base in front of Posey?Its tough; youve got to pitch to your pitchersstrengths, Laird said. We felt like the Cardinals made a lot of mistakes tohim and he didnt miss it. Thats what good hitters do. We have to executepitches to him, weve got to make him feel uncomfortable in the box and I feellike we have the right-handed pitching to do that.Game 1 starter Justin Verlander has been known to quiet opposing crowds withhis electric stuff, but even when he was cruising through the As lineup inGame 5 of the ALDS, the crowd in Oaklandwas relentless.The Giants and their fans will likely still be riding the high from a Game 7win, and the Tigers are well aware of that.Theyre definitely going to have some momentum going into this next game, Jackson said. I thinkits going to be a good matchup. I really think its going to be a tough battlefor both teams.

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