It's no secret that the city of Detroit is having a rough time.
While major urban areas across the country have been hit hard by the economic crisis, Detroit has had it particularly bad.
After years of decline, the failure of American car companies has thrown the city into turmoil. The unemployment rate in Detroit is almost 30% (by comparison, only about 25% of Americans were unemployed at the Great Depression's peak).
Yet, according to TBS, all of the city's problems had melted away at the end of the season. The Tigers' success, they said, had given Detroit hope.
I certainly wouldn't argue with the assertion that a winning team raises a city's spirits. By definition, sports are entertainment, and it's a lot more fun to watch when your team comes out on top.
But TBS went further than that. The broadcasters proclaimed that the Tigers played with a blue-collar style that fans could relate to, and that their example was an enormous inspiration.
They said that the team's success had made their city completely forget about its problems—meaning that either Jim Leyland has powers of mass hypnosis or Detroit's citizens all have really short attention spans.
Even assuming that everyone in Detroit cares about baseball, does anyone really think that a person who lost his job would be more excited by a home run than a hot meal?
Perhaps it's a good thing the Tigers lost the tiebreaker—imagine the depressing allegory of the blue-collar boys getting demolished by the ultra-rich leviathan that is the New York Yankees.