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I know I said that I wanted a repeat of the 1968 World Series, but this is ridiculous

This is getting depressing.

Last night, the Tigers lost a particularly heartbreaking game 5-4. It’s heartbreaking because it’s a game that they really should have won. Unfortunately errors and the two unearned runs that they allowed killed them.

Now the 2006 World Series is at the same point that the 1968 World Series was, with the Cardinals leading three games to one. In 1968, the Tigers came back and won three games in a row. I’m not so sanguine that they can do it again, particularly given how their inexperience has led the pitching staff to make so many costly errors. (And, besides, the 1968 crew included some true giants of baseball, like Denny McLain, Willie Horton, and Al Kaline.) On the other hand, if the Tigers can pull out a win tonight, I actually like their chances for being able to pull off a complete turnaround and replay of 1968. For one thing, they’ll be heading back to Detroit for games six and seven. For another thing, Kenny Rogers will be pitching in game six. If he’s on the way he has been on all throughout the playoffs the series will almost definitely go to game seven (and Afarensis will have been correct, at least about the series going to game seven). Obviously, though, the boys have to win tonight, or such speculation will all be moot, and, given how shaky Verlander was last time out, I consider that outomce a bit of a longshot.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

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