The 2021 Detroit Tigers were not a good team. They finished well below .500. They couldn’t be any teams in their division. They stumbled in the last two weeks of the season, and they had a whole lot of injuries. After that abysmal first month, they had nothing to play for but pride. It was a season that most people will probably end up forgetting, and yet, now that the curtains have closed on the season, I am sad. The bar here in Detroit over the last several years has been pretty low. 2017 to 2020 was a stretch of baseball that I wouldn’t wish on any fan. Every win felt illegitimate, and every loss was expected. It felt like Detroit was headed for another season of tanking, another 100+ loss year.Then Spencer Turnbull threw a no-hitter, and everything changed, not just for the Tigers but also for me personally.
I don’t know what happened, but the Tigers played respectable baseball for the last four months of the season, and considering what we’ve seen the last several years, respectable was good enough. I’ve already said my piece about what needs to happen this off-season, and trust me, I have many more blogs coming about who the Tigers should sign and who they need to sign, and who they will sign. That will all come with time, but for the first time in five years, I can honestly say that there were several points in which I had fun watching Detroit. I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. I see the best manager in baseball, I see a coaching staff that works its ass off, and I see a core of young players ready to break out.
Personally, it’s hard to accurately convey what’s the 2021 Detroit Tigers meant to me. At the beginning of this year, I was working at a gas station, thinking about what life would look like be on these Twitter videos. Now the season is over, and I am here at Barstool where I want to be. Regardless of what happens in the future, I hope I never lose sight of that perspective. The boys of summer will be in hibernation until next April, and I’ll be here watching my other favorite teams go to work, which I’m very excited about. But if you know me, hell, even if you don’t, you know where my heart is. It’s at Comerica Park. I had fun, and fun is a great first step.
Now please, for the love of God, sign a shortstop.