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How I became a fan

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I was born in 1999, and so the first 6 years of my life, I was mostly just a Red Wings and Pistons fan, because, let's face it: the Tigers sucked. They lost 119 games when I was 4, and so early on, I wasn't much of a fan. The Tigers were ingrained in my family, but everyone was pretty down on the team when I was a small child. Then 2006 happened.

2006 was the first time that I consistently watching the Tigers. I remember getting the Free Press "Who's Your Tiger" cards from my piano teacher that summer, collecting the Guillen, Pudge, Granderson cards. I distinctly remember the ecstasy of the Tigers winning the ALDS over the Yankees, but the excitement of that season culminated in the ALCS. At the start of the ALCS, my mom told me that she had obtained tickets to Game 4 of the series, and I was pumped. Then of course, it became clear that the Tigers would have a chance to go to the World Series with a win that night. It was a chilly brisk afternoon that got colder as the evening wore on. I don't remember a lot from that game, but of course I remember the 9th inning clear as day. The excitement of praying for a Maggs hit and then hearing the crack of the bat. My confession is that I never saw the ball leave the park. I was only 7 and everyone around me jumped up, blocking my vision. But I heard my uncle yell "this one is gonna go!" and then the eruption of the crowd. The screaming. The most memorable moment of the night came around an hour later. As we were leaving Comerica, we got handed the freshly printed "Tigers Win" newspaper from the DetNews or the Freep. As we walked down towards the end of the block, across from the Fox Theatre, some guy ran up behind me and scooped me up in the air. There's a 99% chance that he was drunk, but he yelled into my face "THIS IS THE GREATEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. WE'RE GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES". My dad then made sure the dude put me down, but it was one of those hilarious moments that summed up the season that made me a Tigers fan.

From that moment forward, I was a diehard Tigers fan. My fandom certainly grew as I got older, the 2011-2014 seasons really cemented my love, but they have always been a part of me. I remember where I was when I heard we had signed Prince Fielder. The agony of Game 163 and G2 of the 2013 ALCS. The joy of going back to the World Series and JV's CG in the 2012 ALDS G5 against Oakland. These exciting moments are now etched into me and have made me a Tigers fan for life.

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