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Baseball pennant chases are supposed to be fun. Right?

Written By: Terry Foster | September 18, 2014

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Pennant chases are supposed to be fun.

At least it was in 1967 and 1968 when I experienced them for the first time as a kid. The 1967 Tigers went down to the wire before falling short at the end. And in 1968 the Tigers won it all in thrilling fashion including a come from behind victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.

I watched every move as a kid. And somewhere on Vancouver street in Detroit there is a scape book filled with pennants, stickers, buttons and fun stuff that I collected from the old Lindell A.C., which was America’s first sports bar. The memories were terrific.

Another pinch hit single from Gates Brown. The high kick of Denny McLain. Earl Wilson taking me into the clubhouse and onto the field at Tiger Stadium. Al Kaline in the right field corner. Home runs from Norm Cash and Willie Horton.

I loved every moment.

I wonder if people are enjoying today’s modern day pennant chase between the Tigers and Kansas City Royals. This does not pack the same enjoyment. It is sort of annoying. Maybe it is because I am an adult. Maybe it is because I believe the Tigers should have wrapped this up a long time ago.

Maybe it is because I am seeing bad baseball and blown games at the end.

It just does not seem the same.

The Dive in center field was annoying. Another blown save by Joe Nathan was annoying. Last night’s 8-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins was annoying.

But shouldn’t this be exciting? Should we not all be gathered around the television set this weekend for the show down series with the Royals? Maybe you are.

It just does not seem the same.


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