The Detroit Tigers are Hitting Like Lambs

I wanted to take a rooting interest in the World Series.  My homeys on my e-mail list predicted a match up of the Cardinals versus the Tigers.  The Giants messed that outcome up with a total domination of the Cards in the 7th game of the NLCS.  In the American League, the Tigers put the pain on the Yankees with a 4 - 0 sweep that saw them lose Derek Jeter with a broken ankle.  I think the Yankees will have to look in the mirror during the off season and become much younger.  Mariano Rivera, at age 43, is contemplating retirement.  I don't think they can continue to buy championships.

I am pulling for the Tigers because of the travails that the city of Detroit faces.  They have faced the loss of the African American middle class.  They have had continuing scandals with their Mayors and police officials.   Whole blocks of their city are being reclaimed by farmland and tree growth.  Sports can be a major release from all of these problems.  When they paid $219 million to bring in Cecil Fielder, I don't think their top brass realized that he wouldn't hit on the big stage of the World Series.
It is difficult fof those of us that might not ever se that type of money to realize that the pressure to live up to th contract can make you look so small.

Miguel Cabrera, of the Detroit Tigers, won the Triple Crown for the first time since 1967.  This award goes to the player who leads the league in batting average, home runs and runs batted in.  It reflects his all around game.  He was presented with the Hank Aaron award before the 3rd game of the World Series.  He proceeded to pop up with the bases loaded and play another quiet game.  It was so bad that he didn't want to talk to reporters after the game.  Pressure busts pipes as my friend Kevin Wallace would say.  The Tigers are disappointing their fans and have been shut out in two straight World Series games.

I will not take away anything from the clutch play of the San Francisco Giants.  Their hitting and pitching is timely and they have a solid fan base.  They went years rooting for Barry Bonds, he of the steroid induced home run record, with not titles.  Good Luck to them as they try to close out this series.  I don't think too many teams have com back from a 3 - 0 deficit.  Are the Tigers setting us up for a major comeback?  I don't think so.    

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