Tigers haven't finished .500 since 1993
Dombrowski can still recall the events of two years ago, when the landscape was so grim, even franchise icon Al Kaline was tempted to wear a paper bag over his head.
It was the kind of celebration typically reserved for the fall of an Iraqi dictatorship or Carrie vanquishing Bo on "American Idol."
Fans in Detroit can still remember Alex Sanchez and his run-til-you're-out baserunning strategy, and a young catcher named Brandon Inge's batting .203 on top of his .180 and .202 efforts the previous two seasons. They remember Mike Maroth's reacting with grace while becoming baseball's first 20-game loser since Brian Kingman, and Bobby Higginson's giving the team one RBI for every $227,884 invested.
During one particularly bloodthirsty week, local columnists urged owner Mike Ilitch to sell the team, but only after firing Dombrowski and dumping manager Alan Trammell.
So with the Tigers poised to have 43 wins by the All-Star Game which will take place July 12 in Detroit it's time for gratification and a few back slaps. Two years ago, Dombrowski felt like a rescue worker sorting through tsunami wreckage. Now his team has a chance to finish .500 for the first time since 1993. This is called "progress."
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