TigsTown Roundtable: Thankful For

Ready to talk Tigers? Want to hear the opinion of the TigsTown staff? Welcome to the TigsTown Roundtable! This week's question: From both a Tigers and non-Tigers perspective, what are you thankful for this year?

Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
2010 was a year of transition, both for me personally and my beloved team. And through both of them, I have much to be thankful for. I'm thankful to have married the love of my life this past June and the opportunity to share my life with her. I'm thankful for an incredible group of family and friends. I'm thankful for good health for all of them. I'm thankful that for those we lost this past year, they lived an incredible life and we had the chance to say goodbye. I'm thankful for having a job that pays me to do what I love. I'm thankful for an organization that always has the product it puts on the field in mind, rather than its bottom line. And most of all, I'm thankful that hope springs eternal, and that as great as 2010 was, 2011 will be even better.

Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
In life -- at least in the life I've been blessed with -- it is always easy to come up with what I am thankful for. Having a family that is happy and healthy is truly the most important thing, and the Anderson and Hodges clans have managed to have another happy and healthy year. Even my soon-to-be family falls in the same boat, and all of that combined is truly something to be thankful for. When thinking of the Tigers, I suppose I would say I am thankful that they put a competitive product on the field that allows many fans to unite and cheer on their favorite team, providing a distraction from some of the day-to-day worries that can trouble each of us. Their diversion from reality, so to speak, is something we all need, and I thank Mike Illitch and all of his staff for providing that to Tiger fans everywhere.

Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
From a Tigers perspective, it's nice to have a team that has been competitive over the last few years. When you go through a long stretch of lean years, you get the feeling that you're never going to break the cycle of losing, but the Tigers have done that with their play recently. Sure, the endings haven't been pretty with their second-half struggles, but it's nice knowing that going into spring training, the team has a chance at the playoffs, as opposed to several franchises who can pretty much write off any hopes for the postseason before the season even starts. For me personally, it's nice to write about a team that I've been a fan of for my lifetime. Not many people can say they're truly happy with they're doing for a living, but in my case, it's really nice to call a baseball field my office.

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