Start of something good

The Tigers' start has historic significance considering how baseball's 20 worst teams began their following seasons.

Originally Published: April 14, 2004
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

Tuesday night I did something I hadn't done in nearly 20 years: I rooted for the Detroit Tigers to win a baseball game. The last time was in the fall of 1984, when I wanted them to beat the Padres in the World Series. I didn't have anything against the Padres, but the Tigers had just swept my favorite team in the AL playoffs, and I thought it would reflect positively on the Royals if the Tigers beat the Padres, too (hey, I was young and didn't know any better).

Theoretically, sportswriters ...

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