The World Series is a day away and there are logistical issues, matchup issues and issues about what constitutes an issue.
That's for others. The Tigers have no issues, even when it appears they do. From the manager who absorbs the hits, to laidback superstars Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder who melded perfectly, to the free-spirited bullpen thrown into flux, the Tigers are headed to the World Series mainly because of their immense talent, and partly because of their impressive temperament.
In the glow of a postseason run and the shine of a Comerica Park workout Monday, it's easy to see the Tigers at their best. They just swept the Yankees, and with their scorching pitching, probably will be favorites in the World Series. They might not be unbeatable, but at this stage, they look unbreakable.
They had numerous chances to buckle this season and instead churned ahead, as if a bit of adversity was the most normal thing ever. In baseball, it actually is. From the moment the Tigers signed Fielder, it was no surprise they'd end up here. The surprise is the unusual path they took.
When they were 26-32 on June 8 and Jim Leyland was being criticized for his lineups and his loyalty, he rode it out. When the pressure was on Fielder, Cabrera and Justin Verlander to essentially carry the team, they rode it out.
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