1984 was a long time ago, Tigers
There’s a reason why the seats at Comerica Park are mostly empty this season.
And it’s not all because this year’s edition of the Detroit Tigers is dreadfully bad.
Tigers fans are beginning to realize that 1984 was a long time ago …. and that there has been no World Series flags hanging over the stadium since then.
Sure, the team tries to remind fans of that glorious season all the time.
They play clips from 1984, showing Jack Morris throwing his no-hitter; Kirk Gibson belting his long homer into the right field stands in the final game of the Series; or Larry Herndon catching the final out of the eries.
But the cold, hard truth is that Morris and Gibson are now Tigers game announcers — far removed from their playing days. Herndon is a batting coach for the team.
Forget the 2006 and 2011 seasons when the team advanced to October Classic and were promptly blown away by the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants. Those disasters completely ruined the season.
But what is really galling to Detroit fans, myself included, is the fact the Minnesota Twins and the woeful Miami Marlins have each won two World Series since 1984.
Or the fact that the Twins are running away with the American League Central Division this year, despite having just average talent.
This year’s young team has displayed decent pitching at times, but can’t hit their way out of a wet paper bag.
All the sub .200 averages bear that out.
A weak schedule will likely keep the Tigers from losing 100 games in 2019.
Late Atlanta Braves announcer Skip Caray once observed while at a sparsely attended game: “There’s a lot of people here disguised as empty seats.”
That aptly sums up the Tigers situation this season …