They're no longer in first, no longer even in a wild-card playoff spot, no longer the self-assured team we saw early in the season. The Tigers slogged through another loss Sunday, 8-1 to the Mariners, and it was as dreary as any.
This response was acceptable. This apology was deeper and stronger than the last. This was the first step Joe Nathan had to take, to have a chance to take a few more.
It was scrawled on the white greaseboard in the center of the Tigers clubhouse, a timely statement that was at least half-accurate. 'The Storm is Over' was the message, author unknown.
Even with Anibal Sanchez and Justin Verlander ailing, along with reliever Joakim Soria, the Tigers should have enough to outduel the Royals and win the AL Central for the fourth straight year.
Devin Gardner has one more chance to define himself, and in the process, can go a long way toward defining Brady Hoke’s program. The two are linked, their identities at stake, the bridge between what Michigan was and what it wants to be again.
Here's something you probably never thought you'd hear: The Lions appear to have an offensive line good enough and tough enough to make this work.
The Spartans grinded opponents into grass-stained pulp last season, and that's what they'll try to do again, with one potentially significant upgrade. They now have an experienced quarterback, Connor Cook, and well-seasoned, play-making receivers in an offense that actually — dare I say? — could be explosive.
Maybe it was a quirk of timing, or the presence of a decimated opponent. But right on cue, the Tigers starters have launched their much-anticipated game of whatever-you-do-I-can-do-better.
It's scary how good they could be, or should be, especially with their starting pitching. And it's scary how easily their flaws could derail them.
Dave Brandon took over Michigan athletics during one of the most-tumultuous times in school history. More than four years later, the noise has abated a bit, but it never, ever stops.
Frankly, the Tigers could've traded all their prospects plus the Ty Cobb statue in Comerica Park to land Joakim Soria and you wouldn't complain.
It's unclear if Ilitch stuck around for the ninth inning, because a man who loves to build knows how hard it is to finish. The bullpen did it this time, with Joba Chamberlain and Joe Nathan pitching two scoreless innings as the Tigers averted a sweep and beat the Indians, 5-1.
If the Tigers keep this up, there won't be anything left to pick at, or pick on. Their starting pitching looks fearsome again, their lineup has patched some potholes and the bullpen hasn't done anything egregious lately.
It seemed like it would never end, all the fun, all the winning, game after game. It was the perfect season, about as perfect as it gets in baseball, and the images are frozen in time.
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Bob Wojnowski is a Michigan native who grew up in Ann Arbor, went to high school in Battle Creek and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1983. He has been at The Detroit News since 1989, a columnist since 1992. He has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the Olympics to the World Series to the Final Four to the NBA and Stanley Cup Finals.
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