It was a scene that had played out as if it was looped in an endless rotation. A fly ball, not nearly deep enough to support a sacrifice, let alone a homerun, falls lazily in front of Detroit Tigers' center fielder Austin Jackson. As many times as it had happened during the first three games of the 2012 World Series, you could have almost expected it. When it did occur, for what could have been the tenth or twelfth time, it would be the final "kill shot" in the San Francisco Giants' dispatching of the Tigers and achievement of another World Series championship.
In the tenth inning of a do-or-die contest, Detroit caved, much as they had all series long, and allowed the Giants to do what they do best - capitalize on mistakes and dominate with good pitching and "small ball" offense.
While it cannot be said that the Giants did not earn the title of baseball's best, Detroit did little to quell the San Francisco surge. Detroit's dynamic duo of Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and $214 million contract-holder Prince Fielder, managed just one hit for power and a lackluster batting average of .151, on 4-for-14 hitting, in the four game series. As a whole, the Tigers' offense was held to a hilariously-putrid .193 average with little success to speak of, other than homeruns by Delmon Young, Jhonny Peralta and the aforementioned Cabrera.
The Tigers' starting pitching rotation, considered one of the best in professional baseball, fared no better. When Detroit ace Justin Verlander was roughed up in Game 1, the tone was set and the Giants never looked back. The talented group of San Francisco hitters racked up 11 runs on 23 hits with three homeruns, against the strong starting group.
For Tigers' fans, it was another sad ending to what should have been a season to remember. Thanks, in part, to a horde of players failing to perform up to their own self-imposed standards, it will be remembered for the bitter thoughts of what it could have been, rather than for the sweet taste of success. Detroit has several glaring issues to address, heading into the offseason. During that time, they will need to weigh heavily the goals of the franchise and whether or not they have a roster capable of reaching them. Realistically, the answer should not take too long to emerge.
For a team that failed to garner a record that was close to expectations, and a subsequent sweep during the World Series, there are, no doubt, changes which need to be made.
The author, D. Benjamin Satkowiak, is a successful entrepreneur and published, freelance author, who has tailored works on various sports, health and fitness topics. He currently serves as a Yahoo! Contributor Network "Featured Contributor" and writes on the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, Great Lakes Loons and Notre Dame football.
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