Well, the forum is dead right now, which is expected but I'm trying to see how ya'll feel about this team.
I bailed on this team early last season. I've committed so much time to this team during the World Series/ALCS loss years when I watched almost every single game from start to finish and I just could not muster up the will to watch them suck last year. It just pisses me off. Like, if they were the Lions, or the Pistons, I could take it. Those are both developing franchises that need more to actually win the title. And while this team also needs more to win the title, they also shouldn't be a fringe playoff team. They have so much talent and it annoys me beyond belief because it feels like their chance to get the WS with guys like Miggy/JV has pretty much dwindled to 0% at this point. Bothers me that we just didn't get there. The only team that was worth being interested in detroit-wise (at least this decade anyway) got so close, and is now just consistently falling deeper down a hole. Just kills me to see it. Like, if they bailed on Miggy, and JV, and whoever the hell else, traded em all, blew it up, I'd watch the young guys play every day, but it feels like more so I'm seeing a consistent fall at this point, rather than growth. But whatever.
Enough about the past, I guess. I think this year will ultimately come down to health. We just need luck to break our way health wise. We need everybody that matters from Miggy and JV to K Rod and whoever our bum starting CFer will be to be healthy for the whole season. That's the only way I see us contending to and through the deadline. If we suck like we have the last 2 years, I don't see how they don't just give up and start selling at the deadline. I've said this 1000x on here, but I just don't see how they intend to go past the deadline in limbo considering they risk losing multiple good/great players in the next 2 seasons for nothing (many can walk in FA). I'm not big on Ausmus and I try to sell myself on him over and over, but he's our guy I guess. It's really hopeless, but we just need everything to break our way, and maybe it'll happen. Maybe we'll have a 2013 red sox season and just everything works out. That's my hope. I know the Tigers have some legit elite talent with some good talent that supplements, but for some reason that just hasn't been enough.
TL;DR: Hopefully we get lucky and just make a run.
Off-topic: hope the tigers are good enough to where this forum is a bit more active this year. I know last year even when they were threatening to make a run, this forum was kinda dead (and it had been trending that way). I do enjoy the chats/debates/topics on here. Luckily most of ya'll are over on Lions PSD so I catch ya'll there quite a bit, but some obviously aren't there. This isn't an indictment on anybody, I don't blame ya'll for not being here. ****, I haven't been on this site for months, and during the season I was rarely here other than to rant. I just hope the Tigers make a run we can rally around, get our forum a bit more active. Make it a bit more fun like it was a couple years back.