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Down and Out the Tigers Pull Detroit Up


by Dan Cash--WKZO.COM Sports--

The Tigers after their 7-2 win over the Minnesota Twins Wednesday are one win over the Twins away from clinching their 1st AL Central Pennant in 22 years.  It was the Twins in 2006 that overtook the Tigers late to win the AL Central crown.

This time however the Tigers would have to create a disaster to blow the AL Central Title.

Wednesday’s win brought to mind a few things for me.  Number 1 is that no matter what is happening around the city of Detroit the Tigers seem to find a way to cheer us up.  In 1968 the Tigers famously brought the city of Detroit together following the riots of 1967. 

In 67’ Willie Horton stood on a car near his home in Detroit pleading with the crowd to stop.  People like that, people willing to stand up for their neighborhood in the middle of a riot rarely show up these days. 

In 1984 a national recession had ended only 2 years earlier and in 2006 the Tigers were only 3 years removed from the 2nd worst season in the history of baseball, not to mention an economy that was beginning to show small signs of strain.

Somehow, someway Detroit teams find a way to pull us up in the midst of struggle.  Which is why professional sport was created anyway right?

In the 30’s which seem to be talked about more today than any other time baseball soared.  It was in the 30’s that cheap tickets gave Americans hope, the foundation of father-son baseball games was built.

So what does all of this have to do with a 2009 pennant…of which nothing has been clinched?

No matter what happens this October think of one thing…and one thing only: no matter what you are going through personally, no matter what financial strain, family issues or stress you are going through…allow this team to take you away from it.

Just sit back, let the Tigers remind you of times getting better.  Of an economy slowly stabilizing and of what baseball meant to fathers and sons in the 30’s.  Make the Tigers your outlet and most of all…let’s come together for a possible World Series run.

Dan Cash covers Sports for WKZO.COM.  Dan can be reached at dan.cash@mwcradio.com.