Fighting the tough battle doesn't make losing it any easier. Down to their last playoff breath, the Tigers need a miracle -- either the sudden recovery of their injured offensive stars or the sudden demotion of one-man destruction crew Nelson Cruz.
"Maybe you need a miracle," said Victor Martinez, sitting pensively in front of his cubicle. "But I know that nothing is impossible in this game. I've been through it."
Martinez was one of the stars of the 2007 Cleveland Indians team that took a 3-1 lead over Boston in the American League Championship Series. The champagne was chilling. The World Series was waiting. It was a mortal lock, until ...
"We had their backs to the wall, just like we are now," Martinez said. "And they won three straight. It can happen. We just have to take it one game at a time."