They almost won it all last year. In 2006, the Detroit Tigers made it all the way to the World Series but lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in a heartbreaking fifth game.Click Here to Buy Detroit Tigers Baseball Tickets
Undaunted, Detroit hopes to come back in 2007 with the same winning energy and grab that elusive pennant for themselves. A member team of the American League Central Division, the Detroit Tigers are one of only four clubs in that league that remains in the city where it was originally founded. They now play in Comerica Park.
The team's first claim to fame was baseball legend Ty Cobb, arguably one of the best baseball players in the history of sport and inarguably an important figure in MLB history. The next most important man in Tigers history was Randy Smith, manager from 1996 to 2006, who gained notoriety as the most hated man Detroit for his repeated squandering of high draft picks on players who didn't live up to expectations.
The Tigers franchise essentially collapsed at the turn of the century and Smith was to blame. Luckily, a move to Comerica Park and the injection of new leadership from new president Dave Dombrowski was enough to quickly turn the team around and earn them that coveted place in the 2006 World Series.