The main item of Tiger news that caught my eye this past week was the passing of Bobby Higginson onto the DL for elbow surgery. My hunch is that he will not return to the roster until September 1.
I like Bobby. I always have. You see, he and I have something in common: our birthday. And we were born in the same year, too. Bobby grew up in Philly, I now live and work in the Philadelphia area. Now, don’t get me wrong, Bobby has been a major disappointment the last few years. And the words “major disappointment” don’t really do it justice. But let’s not forget those years when Bobby was one of the few reasons to actually watch the Tigers. There is an internet bulletin board/forum by and for Mets fans out there called The Crane Pool, named for the decidedly ordinary long-time Mets first baseman Ed Kranepool. I hope that, in a few years, after we have some perspective on “The Lost Years”, us Tiger fans can look back in appreciation of what Higgy gave to us during those lean years, just like Mets fans appreciate the contributions of Ed Kranepool.
I cringe when I see all the criticism Higginson has gotten from the fans and the press. It wasn’t his fault that Randy Smith reached as far as he did to sign Higgy to that unreasonable contract extension. And Higgy, as far as I know, has made every attempt to play whenever he was physically able. Part of his problems these past few years may well have been a result of his trying to play through pain a little too much.
I don’t know what the future holds for Bobby Higginson, but I’ll never be one of those that showers the boo-birds down on him. I’ll remember the good times.