I think most of you know I’m a huge baseball fan. Most importantly, a huge Tigers fan.
The last month or so have been especially exciting. After spending most of the summer listening to constant negative talk about the Tigers, it’s nice to have them silenced.
I’ve been a Tigers fan since I can remember and that includes the nearly 20 years of futility from the late 80s through 2006. The Tigers were so bad for so long I think they lost an entire generation of fans.
Obviously, I’m estatic the Tigers have clinched a spot in the playoffs for just the fourth time in my life. But I’m just glad they have a competitive team and for more than an occasional season.
While there should have been three trips to the postseason the past six seasons, it’s been great watching good baseball again.
I haven’t missed a game on television in quite some time. I have some form of Tigers gear on everyday. I’m like a little kid around Christmas time.
I’m so excited, I’ve already spent a small fortune on playoff tickets. I have tickets for every possible home game through the ALCS.
In 2006, I attended the ALDS clinching game against the New York Yankees. There is nothing like ending the Yankees season. I had game seven tickets for the World Series, but never had the chance to use them.
The Minnesota Twins wrecked my chance of seeing the Tigers in the playoffs with a win in game 163. It only took four weeks or so for my refund.
Needless to say I’m ready for the postseason to begin and this time end with a World Series championship.
This weekend will be a playoff primer as I’m heading to the “D” with a group of 10 for a Tigers two-fer, both Saturday and Sunday.
My goal this weekend is to get my new Alex Avila jersey signed. Considering we are sitting near the bullpen I’m thinking I have some good odds if I get in the stadium early enough. See, I’m like a little kid right now.
The question is, can the Tigers win it all? I think they can.
The Tigers have winning records against potential playoff opponents in the Yankees (4-3), Texas (6-3) and Tampa Bay (6-1). They have losing records agasint Boston (1-5) and Los Angeles (3-4).
Pitching is the key in the postseason, especially as the weather gets colder. With Justin Verlander and now Doug Fister, the Tigers seem to be in good shape, along with the the bullpen.
I don’t see any reason why the Tigers can’t make a deep run and even win the World Series. They are just as good as any team out there, although, Philadelphia and Milwaukee will be tough from the National League.
I’m ready for the postseason to begin next Friday. While it’s football season for many, it’s still baseball season to me.