What Have We Become as Detroit Tigers Fans?

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Oct 5, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers mascot Paws during game three of the 2014 ALDS baseball playoff game against the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

I was watching the Super Bowl with a Seattle Seahawks fan and a New England Patriots fan. We sat and watched the game like it was any other game, and any other Super Bowl. As a Detroit Lions fan, I know I would have lost my mind if the Lions were in the Super Bowl.

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It got me thinking about how we see the Detroit Tigers. The excitement from the Seahawks and Patriots fans was not terrible, but it seemed like there was an air of expectation that both of the teams would make it to the Super Bowl. Do Tigers fans have a feeling of expectation and under appreciation for what the Tigers have done for fans recently?

After the Tigers were swept from the ALDS by the Baltimore Orioles, I wrote this article. I was bitter at that point, but I still stand by everything I said. Tigers fans were complacent during the postseason and the park was dead. We as fans had the attitude of “oh, they’ll be back next year.”

The Tigers have won the American League Central 4 straight years, made the ALCS 3 of the last 4 years, and made the World Series twice since 2006. Should we expect greatness from this team who has been all in on the World Series or Bust train for the last 4 years? Yes, we should, but we should also appreciate everything this team, the front office, and the ownership has done for its fan base.

The Tigers still need to deliver the ultimate prize for the city of Detroit for the first time since 1984, but we as fans needs to appreciate what they have done recently. Don’t get complacent with the performance they have put out the last few seasons. We could be back in the early 2000s or only be Lions fans and that isn’t very fun.

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