They entered the World Series a collection of stars rivaling any team in baseball.
Then one by one, Justin Verlander, Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera fell short in the season's final test.
It ended with Cabrera at the plate, watching the third strike that finished Detroit's season. So close to their first championship since 1984, the Tigers were vanquished in a sweep few saw coming, losing four straight to the San Francisco Giants.
The finale was 4-3 in 10 innings. Cabrera homered in Game 4 on Sunday night, but Fielder's struggles persisted, and Verlander never had another chance to pitch after he was knocked around in Game 1.
''You remember this feeling all winter, and it makes you want to come back and try this again,'' Verlander said. ''I've lost twice, and it doesn't get easier. It gets harder. I don't want to do this a third time.''
Detroit lost in five games to St. Louis in the 2006 World Series. This showing was even worse.
In both years, the Tigers won the AL champio...