Baseball seasons are long for a reason, but these are the times that try Detroit Tigers‘ fans souls. For a group of fans used to years of futility, the sudden rise to dominance can bring us to a state of insecurity in the wake of their recent 3-8 road trip. Injuries have taken their toll on an overworked, underprepared bullpen, while nearly all of the normally potent lineup has gone cold at once. Somehow, though, they cling to the narrowest of leads in the American League Central division.
After a day off, they have their opportunity to turn things around by coming home to play their next 3 series at Comerica Park. It’s easy to get impatient when things aren’t going your team’s way during the long baseball season. But perspective dictates that I be grateful. Three years ago I would have been ecstatic just to see my team atop the standings at all at the beginning of August. I said before the season that the Tigers’ biggest challenge in 2007 would be fighting the newly high expectations. Even when they’re not dominant, the Tigs are demonstrating real character. Should they stick it out and make the playoffs, I think this will work to their advantage.