You’ve worked awfully hard this season to get back to the playoffs. I’m so proud of how far our franchise has come in my 25 years of being a Tigers fan.
I was there when the Tigers came back on September 27, 2003 with my dad and brother. I cannot tell you how much it meant. My parents were divorced when I was four so every event was special for my family.
The 2003 Tigers seemed like a sure bet to break the 1962 Mets’ record for most losses when they stood at 38–118 after 156 games, but they won five of their last six to avoid ignominy. On September 27, in their next-to-last game, the Tigers came back from an 8–0 deficit to beat the Minnesota Twins 9–8. When the Tigers won the season finale to avoid tying the record, they received a standing ovation from the crowd (Wikipedia).
That’s right. Down 8-0, we WERE THERE. So many people left the game that we moved from the upper to lower deck and cheered on our Tigers like it was the World Series.
I still keep two 1994 posters of the Detroit Tigers because that is my team. I freakin’ love how hard the city and players work. Like my father who was born and raised in Detroit before me, I am a Tiger.
So, I feel like I’ve got some perspective. See, it’s not just about winning. I took the loss in ’06. But ’12? It felt like we were awfully close.
In came Torii Hunter. Victor Martinez returned to health. Omar Infante became our permanent second basemen. Anibal Sanchez led the American League in ERA. We did what we had to do, through the best GM in sports Dave D.
We are ready.
LET’S GET IT.