By: Scott Miller
Cbssports.com Senior Baseball Columnist
The road to this October for nearly half of the expected participants?
Simple. It started during the 2009 World Series … and led through a desert … to a dog … around the bottom tip of Lake Michigan … through Thanksgiving … bounced off several cell phone towers … snuck up a secret back entrance to an Indianapolis hotel … cut through a hotel suite … and, finally, branched out in three different directions.
Talk about a Blockbuster deal with a capital B. The three-way trade dreamed up by the Yankees, Detroit and Arizona nearly two years ago traces both directly and dramatically to this postseason.
The Tigers, who obtained starter Max Scherzer, center fielder Austin Jackson and relievers Daniel Schlereth and Phil Coke, have clinched their first division title in 24 years.