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Detroit basks in sports spotlight

Updated: October 14, 2011, 1:21 PM ET
By Jemele Hill | ESPN.com

When Nelson Cruz hit a walk-off grand slam in the 11th inning to give the Texas Rangers a 2-0 lead over the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series, I panicked.

Over the past week, the city of Detroit has received unprecedented national press, from ESPN to CNN. It's welcoming, but also stressful. For years, the only time Detroit made national news was for the wrong reasons. How would the city handle this rare influx of positive publicity?

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