Coping with the Post-Clincher Letdown

I guess if you watch enough baseball in your life you do get to experience just about everything. From the delirium of 1984 and ’06 to the body blow that was Game 163, I thought I’d gone through every emotion as a Tigers fan.

Then came Saturday morning. That’s when the letdown set in and I’ll be damned if I can’t shake it.

This is new terrain for me.

In 1984, the Tigers clinched the American League East with 11 games remaining on the schedule. The same is true this year. Twenty-seven years ago, at least as I remember it, those final games seemed to zip by as the Tigers prepared for the ALCS against the Royals. (Sparky’s club went 7-4 after securing the division title.)

This year, though, these final games are nothing short of excruciating – like a baseball version of “The English Patient“. (Add a Tuesday-night disaster from Brad Penny and it only gets worse.)

Maybe the remaining games will gain some zip when the Tigers return home on Thursday for the final two series of the season and get a raucous welcome home from the Detroit faithful.

Let’s get to the playoffs already.

Am I alone on this?

3 Comments

  1. i have the same concerns. penny is ugh. porcello ?? scherzer – how many homers per start does he average? i don’t want to play texas or NY in the first round. it would be good to beat up on boston, who is really hurting

  2. i have been a detroit tiger fan since 1968 aqn i must say that i have lived thru some good times an bad times. that’s coming from a man down south;where there are not many tiger fans. i don’t care who we get in the playoffs; i am just glad we are there. in a close series with anyone i am betting on jim leyland to pull us loyal tiger fans thru. GO TIGERS

  3. The Tigers are a good team and yet find their way to an almost average state every time they take and clinch the division early. You are NOT alone in this. SPARKY ANDERSON was the best we have ever had including JL. Sparky had a way of holding the Teams energy up to another level…he will be missed. The Tigers will battle their way to the end “resting” the Key Players and then with Gods Help we will play NYY first round that way when they win they will be able to rest up for the series!

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