Blame it on A-Rod. That's the default position for all postseason losers, isn't it?
If Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees had extended the Tigers beyond four games in the American League Championship Series, then maybe the Tigers would have been sharper in the World Series.
That's one theory, anyway.
The Tigers had a wide range of opinions on the impact of their five-day layoff after the Giants completed their sweep of the World Series on Sunday, winning Game 4 in 10 innings, 4-3.
But really, this goes deeper than the layoff, and deeper than reliever Octavio Dotel's claim that the Tigers need to be more "pumped up."
A lack of passion was not the Tigers' problem in the World Series. No, their problem was a lack of diversity, and I don't mean in the composition of their roster.
The Giants swept the Series with dominant pitching, suffocating defense, big ball, little ball, whatever kind of ball was required. The Tigers mostly pitched well, allowing only 16 runs in the four games. But...