This post uses some sports related analogy, but I promise, even you non-sports fans should continue reading as I think it’s a point that everybody should bring home.
In two days, my hometown Detroit Tigers will begin playing in the World Series. The team was last in the World Series six years ago, in 2006, when they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals. (Side note: I had tickets to a potential game seven in that series, but unfortunately, they lost in five). They haven’t won the World Series since 1984, and even though I was just ten at the time, I still remember them winning it as it was the first professional championship won by any of the Detroit teams since I’d been born.
This year, the Tigers have gotten here in somewhat dramatic fashion. Go back to the pre-season, and they were predicted by just about everybody to win the American League Central division. This was predicated on several ideas: The Tigers had Miguel Cabrera, arguably one of the best hitters in the game, had just signed Prince Fielder, had Justin Verlander, had lots of other great pitchers, and the general consensus was that most of the other teams in their division, well, kind of sucked.