One home run changed the entire course of the 2013 ALCS.
I think, given then lead photo of this story, it’s pretty obvious what moment in Detroit Tigers history I would change, granted the opportunity. Was it a guarantee the Tigers would find their way back to the World Series a second time in two years had Torii Hunter made that catch? Of course not. Did it feel like the nail in the coffin of the Tigers season? Absolutely. Do I still harbor a lifetime of resentment against that cheering cop? Maybe.
It’s easy, given the power of hindsight, to see what moments shaped a team for the better and the worse. Trades that might seem nightmarishly unfair at the time sometimes work out okay in the long run. (Sorry, Grandy, but Max Scherzer ended up being pretty okay at baseball). And sometimes we see them for what they are: bad, bad mojo.
With the Tigers now in a rebuild, we find ourselves frequently asking the question: What could they have done differently? Given the opportunity would you pass on signing Victor Martinez’s extension? Would you have tried harder to sign J.D. Martinez to an longer contract?
Or would you go further back? If you’re really old school, would you jump into a time machine and make sure the Tigers never traded Hank Greenberg? Perhaps you’d shin-kick whoever didn’t vote for Bill Freehan in the Hall of Fame voting.
With this week’s FanPost Friday we ask you: given the opportunity, what moment in Tigers franchise history would you re-write given the chance, and how would you do it differently? Head over to the FanPost section and select “New FanPost” on the left, then tell us how you’d mess with the space-time continuum to make baseball better.