And What if the Tigers DON’T Make the Playoffs?

Seriously.  There is no guarantee.  There is NEVER a guarantee (right, Red Sox?).

Whether you’re listening to the Worldwide Leader of Dopes or MLBN or that fat guy at the end of the bar who just won’t shut up, you’ve probably heard some variation of the following phrase regarding the AL Central:

Yeah, but the Tigers are the better team and they’re going to win the division.

Oh really?  Then what are they been waiting for?  Hockey season?!?  It’s coming!!!

Sure the Tigers have been playing better baseball the second half, but the truth is, the White Sox have been playing championship-caliber baseball.  And what is championship-caliber baseball?  It’s winning in walk-off fashion even though you allowed the Mariners to come back from 5-run deficit in the top of the 9th.  It’s getting gutsy performances out of nobodies like DeWayne Wise.  It’s having your MVP catcher thrown out of the game only to have his backup, Tyler Flowers, be the hero.  TWICE.

Verlander, Cabrera, Prince.  Indeed, these are mighty names with infinite possibility.

But possibility is no match for performance.  And as long as long as the White Sox keep getting more than the Tigers, then all those analysts and “experts” would do well to right their wordy ships and recognize the truth from potential.

Also, there is a White Sox fan holding a gun to my head as I write this.

And he asks that you don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.



One comment

  1. Minoring In Baseball

    If the Tigs don’t make the playoffs, it’s basically and epic fail all around by the organization. I don’t think there is just one person or player to blame. They had needs in the off-season that weren’t taken care of, like pitching and second base. They haven’t had a second baseman since Polanco, until trading the farm away for Infante and Sanchez. You can blame Leyland for not knowing how to play small ball and producing runs, which has cost them a hand full of games. And the disappearance of guys like Brennan Boesch, who was supposed to be the big hitter backing up Cabby and Prince. No, the Tigers are not playing like champions. They hit into double plays and way too much with men in scoring position, leaving millions of men on base this season. Then there’s the bullpen…

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