Were they abducted en mass by aliens and replaced with people who didn’t know how to play baseball?
Was there a interruption in the space/time continuum and the Tigers and anti-Tigers found themselves in opposite but parallel universes?
Something must have happened because it simply isn’t possible that the team that showed up to the World Series was the same team that played during the regular season and the playoffs. I mean, they were playing like they were channeling Walter Matthau’s Bad News Bears. Arrgh!!!!