Owner Mike Ilitch of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates with the Stanley Cup in 2008 after the team defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games. The team won four NHL titles under his ownership. His Detroit Tigers teams made it to two World Series. Dave Sandford/Getty Images hide caption

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Detroit Tigers Victor Martinez (left) and Torii Hunter celebrate Martinez's two-run home run against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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For Michigan Political Ads, The Tigers Are The Big Game In Town

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He's leaving the field: Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland earlier this month. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images hide caption

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NPR's Mike Pesca on Jim Leyland's decision to step down

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Please go foul, please go foul, please go foul: Third-baseman Miguel Cabrera (No. 24) and catcher Gerald Laird of the Detroit Tigers watched closely to see if a bunt by the Giants' Gregor Blanco would go foul Thursday night in San Francisco. It didn't. The Giants scored and went on to win the game and take a 2-0 lead in the World Series. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images hide caption

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Tom Goldman on 'Morning Edition'

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Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland has seen a lot in his day, but never a World Series matchup between his team and the Giants. Karl Mondon /MCT /Landov hide caption

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On 'Morning Edition': Tom Goldman and Renee Montagne preview the World Series

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San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo reacts after the final out in Game 7 of baseball's National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday in San Francisco. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera hits a two-run home run in the fourth inning during Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees Thursday. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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