Mike Ilitch has won four Stanley Cups with the Red Wings. His Tigers made it to the World Series in 2006, before losing to the Cardinals.
And yet, when the Tigers won Game 5 Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, Ilitch told general manager Dave Dombrowski: "This is one of the greatest days of my life."
That says something about what it means to win an elimination game against the Yankees -- on the road.
But it also says a lot about the 82-year-old Ilitch, and what motivates him. For all his hockey success, he badly wants to win in baseball. He wants to win a World Series before he dies.
I've had my differences with Ilitch over the year. I've criticized him at least as much as I've praised him (probably a lot more).
But he sure does care about winning.