Detroit Tigers 2009 AL Central Champions gear sent to Detroit

With the AL Central division title in the balance Tuesday night at the Metrodome, MLB personnel began preparing division championship gear for both the Twins and Tigers as the game stretched into extra innings. The Twins won and got to celebrate, but the championship hats and apparel that were made for the Tigers will be put to good use. "We always give those away to people around the world who really need it," said an MLB spokesman. "Darfur, Iraq, Haiti. These shirts are going to Detroit." Tigers manager Jim Leyland said the team's loss is probably the best possible result. "Had we won, people back home would have wanted to buy the shirts with their own money," he said. "Money they don't have to spend. Now they have these shirts and all of the loser's gear that kind soccer leagues in the Sudan have sent to Detroit out of the goodness of their hearts."