Rank Detroit's Collapse
So, it really happened: The Detroit Tigers played their way right out of the playoffs. Holding a whopping seven-game lead in the month of September, the Tigers eventually capitulated to a Twins surge in the 12th inning on Tuesday night, despite a series of gut-wrenchingly close plays at the plate and some mishaps -- including an umpire miscall -- that might have earned them a spot in the ALDS against the Yankees.
Instead, they're heading back home, becoming the first team in MLB history to not win a division when holding a three-game lead with only four games remaining.
There are going to be immediate comparisons with the 2007 Mets, the recent kings of chokestown, who also held a seven-game division lead in September only to watch it fade away. My question is this: Where do the Tigers rank in terms of all-time choke jobs? First? Second? A distant fourth? Does the fact they made it to Game No. 163 -- a one-game playoff for the divisional crown -- make their story more or less heartbreaking? More or less defensible? What do you think?
October 7, 2009; 11:42 AM ET
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