First off, I’m going to pose a question. Is this the most anticipated Tigers season ever? There was a lot of buildup in 1968 after the Tigers near pennant in 1967 and 1984 had it’s share of hype after what was then the biggest free agent signing by the Tigers in Darrell Evans. Here we are though, over two months removed from the winter meetings, and we’ve been salivating over the prospect of seeing this Tiger team on the field. Well, the spring season is here and while games don’t start until next week, it’s nice to see all of the good news coming out of camp.
The first bit of news is the fact that Miguel Cabrera came into camp 15 pounds lighter then last season. It also looks like one of his goals is to improve his fielding at third base and in that regard, he has some tall shoes to fill in Brandon Inge. Still, I’d take his stick over just about anyone in the Tigers lineup outside of Gary Sheffield. I’ve seen Cabera’s name popping up quite a bit as a preseason AL MVP winner.
There’s also a nice story on Kenny Rogers. At 43, he’s the senior statesman and you hope some of that experience rubs off on the kids.
Until then, we’ll have to wait until the Tigers play their first spring game. They have their annual exhibition game against Florida Southern a week from tomorrow (Tuesday) and then the next day they take on the Mets at 1:05. I’m a little annoyed because I’m working again and won’t be able to stream the game. I’ll be sure to catch an inning or two in the car though.