200 Miles From the Citi

October 8, 2009 4:01 AM


Dear Tigers Fans,

I know how you feel. Your team is filling the record books for all the wrong reasons. Just a couple of weeks ago you had World Series visions dancing in your head. You were on the cover of Sports Illustrated. You were feeling good.

And then, though it really took place over the course of a month, it felt like everything came crashing down at once. Suddenly another team is celebrating, and you're going home.
I know you don't want to hear this right now...but I know how you feel.

I am a Mets fan.

It's horrible. Sitting pretty at the beginning of September, then watching another team play in October.

But at least it didn't happen to you two years in a row.

The losses in April that seemed so insignificant...but meant so much by game 162.

But at least, when you needed to win to stay alive on the final day of the season, you won.

And then, with everything on the line in game 163, you fought back to take the lead a couple of times after blowing leads of your own...even coming from behind once.

That's the kind of heart the Mets never showed with their season(s) on the line.

So, Tigers fans, yours may be the first team in baseball history to blow a three game lead with four games to play.

But right now I can assure you it could be worse.

You could be a Mets fan.

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