I was a bit of a late bloomer as a baseball fan. Being born in 1989, there weren't many reasons for me to care about the Tigers throughout my childhood. Sure, I played Little League as a youngster, but I had essentially given up on the sport by the time I reached high school, in favor of sports that were far less beautiful and much more violent (I wasn't any good at those, either).
But not for long.
My memory of the details is a little foggy, but some time during the 2006 season I started watching Tigers games. I remember watching Chris Shelton play, but I think I missed most of his crazy hot start, which was done by June. I remember watching Carlos Guillen hit for the cycle, which the internet informs me was on August 1st. So I've narrowed it down to about a two-month stretch; when I started paying attention to the Tigers, that is.
But that wasn't when I became a Tigers fan. No, that would come a little later, with one swing of the bat by Magglio Ordonez. Up until then I was just watching baseball, I wasn't an actual fanatic.
I think we all know the story by heart -- no need for me to retell it. But for me, 2006 is an easy choice as my favorite Tigers season. In the span of a few months I transformed from an attention deficit 17-year-old who thought Darryl Strawberry was a flavor of milkshake, to-- well, to an attention deficit 17-year-old who was crazy about baseball. Not a drastic metamorphosis, I guess, but it led me to where I am now; an attention deficit 25-year-old who has a "job" that involves "writing" about the Tigers.
My choice is pretty simple. 2006 was the first year of my life that the Tigers had a decent team -- and it was a lot more than decent. It was magical. But there are a lot of other reasons why some might have another season stick out in their mind. Many of them might have nothing to do with baseball at all; something in your personal life may have forced you to realize what baseball meant to you. Or maybe you just really liked that first World Series win...I wouldn't know. So tell us; what was your favorite Tigers season?