The San Francisco Giants completed their stunning sweep of the Detroit Tigers on Sunday evening, defeating the Tigers 4-3 in 10 innings to claim their second championship in three years. Entering the World Series just five days earlier as heavy favorites, the Tigers scored just six runs in four games and now have the entire winter to wonder where it all went wrong.
For Al Beaton of Bless You Boys, being swept in the World Series was a disappointing conclusion to a season that almost lived up to its lofty expectations:
Cabrera looks at a fastball over the heart of the plate for a called strike three.
This World Series loss hurts much more than when the 2006 Tigers fell in five games. No one expected those Tigers to advance to the playoffs, let alone the World Series. In 2012, expectations were different. As in: out of control and sky high. Despite being highly flawed, this Tigers team was supposed to make it to the World Series with its triumvirate of superstars, then win it for their desperate to win octogenarian owner.
They accomplished the former, but failed at the latter, much in thanks to those flaws and those superstars having a very rough four games. 83-year-old owner Mike Ilitch will have to wait another year for a shot at his white whale.
How do you find yourself swept out of a World Series? By not supporting a mostly lights out pitching staff by scoring only six runs in four games. The Tigers' offense wasn't record setting awful, but damn, damn close.
On the Tigers' side of the ledger, that's how this series will be remembered. Four games of offensive futility.
The series can be summed up in four words. The better team won.
Now I know how Yankees fans felt after the ALCS.