Six years later, the Detroit Tigers are in a familiar position.
For an opponent. For their next real game. For the World Series to begin.
Although only three current players were on the roster when the Tigers last reached the Fall Classic, there's a general awareness around the organization - certainly among the front office, manager Jim Leyland and his coaching staff - about the perils of a long layoff before the World Series.
In 2006, the Tigers swept the ALCS and clinched the pennant on Oct. 14. It was their seventh consecutive postseason victory, spanning series against New York and Oakland.
This year, the Tigers swept the ALCS and clinched the pennant on Oct. 18. It was their fifth consecutive postseason victory, spanning series against Oakland and New York.
You probably noticed a lot of similarities in those two paragraphs. But the Tigers don't want history to repeat itself.
The 2006 World Series didn't begin until one week after the ALCS. Game 1 against St. Lo...