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Lions and Tigers: Bless you boys

Updated: October 7, 2011, 4:23 PM ET
By LZ Granderson | ESPN.com

Alex Rodriguez was still swinging the Yankees to their final out of the season when my Twitter feed exploded with the hashtag #BlessYouBoys.

That was the rallying cry that propelled the 1984 Detroit Tigers to the franchise's last World Series win. It's the anchoring sentiment for a town desperate for things to cheer for.

The Motor City's much-talked-about economic struggles have driven away more than 500,000 people in the 27 years since that championship. There are ...

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