DETROIT -- The clubhouse of a team that just lost the World Series is a bittersweet place.
There was despair in the eyes of the Tigers, still reeling from the four-game sweep by the Giants that concluded with a 10th-inning defeat late Sunday night. But there also was an underlying sense of pride for what had been accomplished in bringing the American League pennant home.
Losing with hope makes a big difference in how a team says goodbye.
Pitching ace Justin Verlander shared a final postgame meal with several teammates and Magglio Ordonez, who threw out the Game 4 first pitch and led them to a World Series six years prior.
Hey, Verlander said, next year weve got Victor coming back! And Magglios coming back.
Everybody laughed at the thought of the former batting champion coming out of retirement, and nodded about designated hitter Victor Martinez, a perrenial 100-RBI guy, returning from knee surgery.
Verladner and infielders Ramon Santiago and Omar Infante were the only Tigers t...