For the 2014 Detroit Tigers Team Preview, we enlisted the services of one of the most devoted baseball fans we know; a huge Tigers fan named Corey. We also know him as ‘Detroit Stars’, one of the most feared Fantasy Baseball managers on the planet. You can follow him on twitter here.
I thought the 2013 Tigers were about to go up 2-0 against the Red Sox in the ALCS. I thought Game 2 was over they’d take it back to Detroit to clinch the pennant. I thought Detroit was heading back to the World Series to win their first championship since 1984. Then David Ortiz put a first pitch 86 mph splitter from Joaquin Benoit over the outstretched glove of Torii Hunter and this iconic image was born.
Almost immediately after this grand slam tied up the game in the 8th inning I knew the season was over. You could just tell the Red Sox were going to feed off this moment and take control of the series. I blame it on the fact I was already talking 2-0 with a chance to win the series in Detroit of course, but I’m superstitious like that. I really liked this Tigers team but their bullpen let them down one too many times and Koji Uehara was lights out. Anyways, Boston closed the curtain on Detroit in Game 6 and here I am wondering if I will ever see a Tigers World Series championship (they last won the year before I was born, I am the curse).
Enough dwelling on the past though, here is a look ahead at the 2014 Tigers club. Click through the jump for your full Tigers fix.