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I have a question for you.

But first, let me explain the situation.

For many post-childhood years, I paid virtually no attention to baseball. Then, when I noticed about 10 or 12 years ago that a team I had followed as a kid was threatening to finish with the worst record in modern baseball history, I started checking scores again.

Good grief, Tigers, I thought. How did it come to this?

But things got better.

Last year, the Tigers won their division by a wide margin. September was spent just waiting for the playoffs to begin.

This year, the second-place Tigers stand an excellent chance of not even making the playoffs.

But you know what? It's actually more fun being a fan this September than last. All of Detroit's games mean something. It's a real pennant race, like one or two that enthralled me as a boy.

Another thing that makes it fun to be a fan is the fact that, by some quirk. the SR newsroom is populated by at least one fan of virtually every team in the American League's Central Division. And each of these guys is a gentleman.

Anyway, here's my question.

Would you rather your team ran away from the field and clinched the pennant early or would you prefer to take your chances with a dramatic finish?

If you are a Mariners fan, go ahead and use your imagination.


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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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