If there is an organization that has been burned by being overly aggressive in the past, it’s the Tigers.

Never in the long and storied history of baseball in this town — even before the 1968 and 1984 world championship years — has there been anticipation for a coming season like going into 2008.

The Tigers acquired Edgar Renteria, Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis. They were like one of their slogans from the past: “World Series bound and picking up steam.”

That their season literally fell apart within the first month was discouraging, disappointing and disheartening.

The fallout from that time were contracts. Long-term deals eating up huge chunks of salary from players such as Nate Robertson, Jeremy Bonderman, Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Guillen and Willis unable to match production with their hefty paychecks.

But give the Tigers credit for this: It’s left them undaunted.

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