Could this have been the White Sox instead of the Detroit Tigers opening the World Series on Wednesday night? Should it have been?

Would Ozzie Guillen be here, in uniform, instead of apparently taking this one off from the broadcast booth the day after the Miami Marlins fired him?

Maybe if Dave Dombrowski had flinched that December day in Nashville, Tenn., five years ago.

Maybe if the Sox hadn't.

Consider it just one more way Miguel Cabrera might be a bigger curse on Chicago baseball than the goat, Steve Bartman and Arnold Rothstein combined.

''I'm glad he's with us,'' Dombrowski, the Tigers' president and general manager, said of the 2012 Triple Crown winner he unwittingly snatched from the clutches of Sox GM Ken Williams during the 2007 winter meetings in Nashville.