In 1987, the Tigers had the best record in baseball, and lost to the Twins in the ALCS, 4 games to 1. In 1988, the Tigers finished 1 game back of the Boston Red Sox in the AL East, and dropped 11 of 12 games that year to the Minnesota Twins.
This year, the Tigers are going to down in the history books as one of the worst teams in baseball history, if not the worst. And I know Aaron Gleeman is saying the race is over, and the Twins are going to take the division title. I happen to agree with him and would like to see the Twins come out as AL West Champs.
But. wouldn’t it be ironic if the Tigers managed to catch fire, take 5 of the 7 they play against the Twins, and cause them to lose out to the White Sox? Wouldn’t that be an interesting footnote to the season? “Yeah, we were bad, but Tram got a little revenge for the beating he took to the Twins in 1987.”
Two times in the late 1980s the Tigers had World Series hopes beyond 1984. Both times the Twins had some kind a significant impact on them not meeting those hopes.