We know better than anybody that a 3-0 series lead is not insurmountable. But having seen the only team in baseball history to come back from a 3-0 deficit, in the Tigers' series lead we can see a key difference: Oakland lost the first two games at home. A team that is going to suddenly mount a miraculous insurgence should not have already blown its home-field advantage.
I'm biased, though...the Tigers beat the Yankees; they have that "glow" about them that's hard to articulate but I know it when I see it, sort of like obscenity (but, uh, opposite); they're the East-of-the-Mississippi team; they're an AL team; I am friends with a Tigers fan; and A's fans and I have historically not had a good relationship--hell, A's fans and Red Sox fans have not historically had a good relationship.
Meanwhile, of course, there's always the Amazin's, and they are also not shabby. I think it's them and the Tigs in the World Series, and I'm praying there's a Glavine / Rogers matchup, since Glavine has been coolly dominant so far this postseason and Rogers has simply been pitching beyond his means.
But that's getting ahead of ourselves. For now, I'm just waiting for the Tigers to put away that team from Chokeland, and for the Mets to send those fraudulent boids home (are they the new Braves, or what?) I think it's going to be a hell of a World Series--and it's already been a hell of a postseason.
Also, I just want to take a moment to send out some especial appreciation for Tigers closer Todd Jones (briefly a Red Sox in 2003), the retro-est lookin' mofo to hit a baseball field since Sal Fasano:
From the expert Fu Manchu to the beer gut to the squinty-eyed sneer on the mound, to the slow, deliberate delivery, it's like the guy was teleported straight from the mid-80's (the teleporter apparently made a stop there on its way from bringing Dennis Eckersley to us from the 70's). Which, at any rate, is another good omen for Detroit.