It's tough to be a major sports team in Detroit. The economic meltdown resulted in job losses and high unemployment thus making citizens tighten up the wallets and keep a close eye on spending. Already dealing with empty seats, loss of revenue from sales to sponsorships, now the city four major sport teams have been hit hard with heartbreak or just simply bad on the playing field.
Before last week win Lions lost 19 straight straight regular season games going back to late 2007. Pistons went 39-43 and exited out of the first round playoffs their shortest playoff run since 2000. Red Wings made it to the Stanley Cups finals only to squander 3-2 series lead and lose in seven games to Pittsburgh Penguins. Tigers is the latest team from Detroit to hit rock bottom.
A month ago (dating September 6) they had 7 game lead over the Minnesota Twins. From there they went 11-15 starting with a five game losing streak. Twice they had three game losing streaks. The longest winning streak was four which was done once. Twins went 18-8 withing winning streaks of six, five, and four. By last week (dating September 30) Tigers still have three game lead over the Twins including splitting the series going into last weekend of regular season. Tigers lost the first two to the Chicago White Sox before winning the much needed final game of the series. They were outscored in the series putting up total of 6 runs to White Sox 16 runs. Twins swept Kansas City Royal in convincing fashion outscoring them 28-15. The Twins three-game sweep and Tigers going 1-2 in their series put both teams tied on top of AL Central standings forcing one game playoff. Tigers started off with 3-0 lead thanks the Magglio Ordonez RBI single and Miguel Cabrera two-run homerun. Twins battled back to lead 4-3 with Orlando Cabrera two-run homerun in the seventh. Tigers tied it in the eigth from Ordonez homerun. Both teams traded runs in the tenth. It was in the twelfth inning where the baseball Gods favored the Twins. Tigers had a bases load with Brandon Inge on the plate. A pitch grazed Inge jersey but the didn't get the call from the umpire. He grounded into a force out at home plate. Tigers didn't score a run in the inning. At the bottom of the twelfth it took Alexi Casilla single to send Carlos Gomez home from second as Twins win the game and trip to the postseason while sending Tigers out of the postseason. Tigers came so close only to collapse and lose out at the end.
It's another tough heartbreaker for Detroit sport teams.