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Business of Baseball

With my new SABR membership comes responsibilities. I’m helping out the Business of Baseball committee with their weblog. So if you’re interested in the business aspects of the game, the committee website and the weblog are great resources. The big story right now is the Expos move to DC.


It’s all set, and Fox has to be happy. The ALCS will be a rematch of last season’s dramactic series that saw the the Yankees walk away with a game seven victory in extra innings. Ironically, Aaron Boone, the player who hit the homer, didn’t get a single at bat this season.

And I know I picked the Astros to win it all, but the Red Sox attitude, at least how it’s portrayed on television, has been infectious. I want these guys to win.

But the Yankees manage to pull it out, year after year. I know it’s been a few years since they’ve won a World Series, but how they win is almost as interesting as how much they win. The Twins had solid shots in Games 2 and 4 (especially Game 4) to get a victory, but the Yankees just would not go away. Ruben Sierra’s eighth inning homer was almost expected. Four run leads mean nothing to these guys.

And I question Gardenhire’s decision to pull Johan Santana so early. I know he was pitching on short rest, but this was it. If they lost, it wasn’t a matter of three or four days rest, it was matter of months of rest. And Santana was the best pitcher this year, period. It’s probably moot because he would have then only gone with Balfour for one inning before going to the setup man Juan Rincon in the eighth, but you have to ask yourself “why?”.

I’ll be flipping between the Astros/Braves and Lions games this afternoon, with probably more time on the baseball game. The season is winding down, so I want to get in as much as I can before it’s all over.

The Great Debate

We’ve had some good baseball in the playoffs. The Twins/Yankees series looks like it’s the marquise matchup though, as we had a great pitching matchup last night, and now the Twins are down by single run in the bottom of the seventh.

A challenge has been issued. Upstart blogger and close personal friend Blade Stevens (it still kind of creeps me out calling him that) has continually argued over the years that the 1975 Reds were Sparky Anderson’s best team.

And that’s an odd statement, considering the fact that Sparky managed the 1984 Tigers, and we all know that was his best team. We’re going to hash it all out between the two blogs and we’re going to debate, position by position, which team was better. If you follow the above link, Blade wants to run a Diamond Mind simulation as well, but I’m not making any promises.

The Twins just doubled up Sheffield. The game’s going into the eighth and the Yankees added a run.

Tigers Central handed out their post season awards. If you’ve never been to the site, it’s got some top notch writers, and some great analysis. It’s no surprise that I completely agree with their choices.

Roger Clemens wasn’t on top of his game, but still notched the win. He walked six batters in seven innings. The seven strikeouts helped, but Atlanta stranded twelve runners. It’s Oswalt vs. Hampton tomorrow.

Two runs off of Gordon and Rivera, and the game is tied. If the Twins can get out of this inning, they have the advantage. They’ll have Nathan for probably the ninth, and if needed, the tenth. Rivera probably won’t pitch more then one more inning, seeing as how he threw fifteen pitches to get the two outs in the eighth.

Enjoy the rest of the game.

Playoff Predictions

Back in February, I made a bunch of predictions about what would happen during the 2004 season. Some came true, most didn’t. So here’s a chance to redeem myself, slightly.

American League

Twins vs. Yankees – Yankees win series in four games

Johan Santana wins game one is his normal dominating style, but the Yankees win the next two against Radke and Silva. Then in game four, Santana is less then perfect, and loses a 2-1 pitching dual versus Mike Mussina in game four.

Red Sox vs. Angels – Red Sox win series in four games

Pitching, pitching, pitching. Pedro and Schilling are too much for the Angels. No repeat of 2002 here.

Red Sox vs. Yankees – Red Sox win series in seven games

Fox Sport’s wet dream is this series happening. For the same reasons the Red Sox beat the Angels, they also take down the Yankees. Pedro will disown his new daddy, and go 3-0 in the series, winning the ALCS MVP.

The only alternative scenario I see is Pedro pitching in game seven, struggling in the seventh with a small lead, and then getting pulled. After going to the pen, the Yankees run up the score, and everyone questions why Francona didn’t leave Pedro in.

But I’ll go with the former scenario.

National League

Astors vs. Braves – Astros win series in four games

Clemens will heal from his virus, and go on to win games one and four. The old man still has it, and I’m still not sure how the Braves did it this year.

Dodgers vs. Cardinals – Cardinals win series in three games

The Cardinals were the best team in baseball, and their run doesn’t stop here.

Astros vs. Cardinals – Astros win series in six games

Like in the American League, the NLCS will be two division rivals squaring off. The Astros have it all. Top notch starting pitching, some great bats, and Brad Lidge was unhittable yesterday. The team is red hot, and they continue their winning ways.

World Series

Astros vs. Red Sox – Astros win series in seven games

The back story to this one will be Roger Clemens coming home. The end story will be Clemens ending the Red Sox chances of winning a World Series. But the MVP won’t be a pitcher, it will be Carlos Beltran, who will finally get some national recognition.

And there is obviously some bias to these predictions. In the 1980s, the Astros were my favorite National League team. Mike Scott was one of my favorite players, and they were the team I was rooting for in 1986, Now I get to root for them again.

As a baseball fan, all I want to do is see some good baseball. The playoffs usually don’t disappoint, as there’s always a ton of drama.

Trimming the Fat

With a day and change left in the regular season, the playoff picture is finally getting a little more clear. The American League teams are now set, as the Angels topped Oakland. They join the Twins, Yankees and Red Sox. The only issue is who’s playing who. The Twins game went into extra innings and had to be suspended because of a Gopher’s football game, and if they can pull it off, they’ll be tied with the Angels. The team that ends up with the better record plays the Red Sox. The lesser record plays the Yankees.

The National League is also clearing up. The Dodgers clinched the NL West with a win over the Giants, so they’re in. Barry Bonds walked three more times, and according to John over at Only Baseball Matters, he’s got a shot at breaking Babe Ruth’s “Times on Base” single season record. Despite this, his team’s post season chances are now in jeopardy, as the Astros are safely in front of the Rockies. If they hold on, the Giants need the Astros to lose, and they need to beat the Dodgers in order to force a one game playoff.

Got it? Well, it’s a whole lot less confusing then it was even a day ago.

In my mind, the biggest dissappointment were the Cubs. I really thought they’d do something once they got in the playoffs, and Mark Prior was simply incredible on Thursday. Of course Blade is taking credit for their demise (he seems to think he plays for the Reds or something), but it kind of comes down to a choke job. I can’t really talk though, because I root for a team that hasn’t made the post season in 17 years.

The Tigers had their 11th straight losing season. From 1978-1988, they had eleven straight winning seasons. Their next longest streak of losing seasons is four, which they did twice, so this really is a very low point for the franchise. Yes, we are improving, but, we also have a long way to go.

I’m happy to announce that I joined the Society of American Baseball Research. It’s not official yet because my membership hasn’t been processed, but this is something I’ve been leaning towards for quite some time. It was basically time constraints (which I kind of still have) that held me back. In anticipation of this, I’ve added some links to a few of SABR’s resources on the web. Excellent material

This weekend my wife was out of town, so it was father and son at home alone for the first time (over night, I’ve had him for some pretty long days). Tigers are up 5-1 in the seventh, so let’s hope they’ll hang on. Wins today and tomorrow mean a 30 game improvement from last year.

The Great Chase

Everywhere I read, it seems like the biggest fault of the Tigers season has to do with the bullpen blowing games. And those same people say the Tigers have to target their bullpen as the top priority in the free agency market next year. Chris Ziza, an excellent writer over at the Most Valuable Network, makes this the focus of his most recent piece.

In my opinion, the bullpen is the last thing we should target. I’m in agreement with Pat Caputo, who talked on the Big Show yesterday. We have arms. There’s no doubt about that. And hopefully there’s more good ones on the way, like Kyle Sleeth.

Plus, you can find good, quality bullpen options cheaply. The last thing I want the Tigers to do is go out and spend $4-5 million on a big name closer who’ll be lucky to pitch 80 innings.

In my opinion, and again, Pat Caputo stole my thunder here, we need to focus on centerfield, and picking up a top notch starter.

Having Pedro as an ace and Gary Knotts in the pen sounds a lot better to me then having Knotts in the rotation, and even having a closer like Eric Gagne. If we get a top of the rotation starter, then that means our now sixth best pitcher would end up in the pen.

I’ve also talked on this site about how the Tigers should go after Carlos Beltran. This time last year, I would have called that an impossibility, but with Ivan Rodriguez coming to the squad, I think it at least gives us an opening. I’m not optimistic, but Beltran would be the guy to build this franchise around. In my opinion, Alex Sanchez isn’t the answer.

Finally, I don’t want you to think I’m attacking Chris. I’m not. I enjoy his writing, he was just an obvious example of someone who wants Dombrowski to focus on the pen.

One Week Left

With only one week left, I’m making an effort to catch as much Tiger baseball as I can. Like every season since 1987, as the regular season finishes, so do the Tigers.

But as a fan, for the first time in a long time, I think the team is headed in the right direction. I feel a little duped, because we’ve been spoon fed the “rebuilding” spiel for so long because here the Tigers go out and spend some money, and improve by nearly 30 games.

But at least they’re moving in the right direction. And it showed at the box office. It looks like they’ll finish the season with just under 25,000 fans a game. That’s only 61% capacity, but it’s a far cry from the 17,000 they pulled in last year.

Also, the fact that players like Carlos Guillen and, through the All Star Break, Ivan Rodriguez were being mentioned as potential league MVPs shows the team has gained some respectability.

Finally, they did it all with the injuries. Rondell White, Fernando Vina, Ivan Rodriguez and now Carlos Guillen all were down. Vina’s was the most serious, and not all of them made appearances on the DL, but they all played dinged up. And the fact that they still should win 70 games despite those injuries shows the Tigers have at least a competitive team.

So despite the season ending, I’m happy.

Odds and Ends

Tigers won last night, and they face rookie Francisco Crueta in his major league debut. If the Tigers go 6-7 the rest of the way, they’ll win 74 games, which is exactly what I predicted back in February. I’ll write more on this if it happens.

First there was Tigerblog. Now there’s Lionsblog. Tigerblog writer Steve started a Lions blog, so be sure to check out. You’ll get some top notch analysis, and all the news you’ll need.

While watching tonight’s game, they flashed an interesting stat about Brandon Inge. While playing thirdbase, he’s hitting .339, which is even more impressive then his season total of .294. Combine that with an .883 OPS at thirdbase, and it makes for a tough call next year. I like Eric Munson a lot, but he’s really struggled this season. Brandon has proved to not only be a better fielder, but also a better hitter, and has earned the starting spot. Which leaves no room for Munson with the logjam at firstbase.

It will be interesting to see who, if anyone, is moved in the offseason. Dmitri Young probably has the most value, and he’s the oldest of the bunch, but he’s not “that” old (he’ll be 31 next month).

I’ve really been impressed with the content over at Hardball Times, and Studes has a nice piece on the double play. It’s worth checking out.

And in case you missed it the first time, Blade wanted me to remind you he’s up and running over at Reds Cutting Edge Reds commentary.

I’d like to make it out to one more game this year, but I’m running out of time. I was offered tickets for tonight’s game, but it’s hard getting away on no notice when you have a newborn at home. Maybe I can swing a game the final weekend of the season.

Home Stretch

There’s fourteen more games left in the Tiger’s season. They’re off to a decent start tonight, with Mike Maroth pitching a five hit shutout through the fifth. Dmitri Young and Brandon Inge have homered to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead. This is the third to last home series of the season, with the finale being next weekend against Tampa Bay. Two weeks left of Tigers baseball, so enjoy it while you can.

The 27 year old infielder, Jason Smith has turned some heads. Including today, he’s hitting .266, and more impressively, 16 of his 33 hits are for extra bases. He’s well past the point where he can be considered a prospect, but if this is any indication of what he can do, a utility infield/pinch hitting role could be in his future. With him and Brandon Inge, you have two players who can pretty much cover any position between the two of them.

Congratulations to the West Michigan Whitecaps, the Tigers A affiliate. They won the Midwest League Championship by beating the Kane County Cougars three games to two. With Erie making the playoffs (and eventually losing), it’s nice to see the Tiger’s pipeline doing well at their appropriate levels. The Tigers minor league system has been a mess for a while, and it looks like Dave Dombrowski and company have brought some respectability back to the Tiger’s minor league system.

I’m taking part in a forum on blogging over at MLB Center. You can see my post and a ton of others. It’s steering a little off course, but I was brought to the attention of a website I wasn’t aware of. The Business of Baseball is still being worked on by Maury Brown. Maury is a top notch person, and his website is impressive in it’s content. I’ll be checking this one out over the next several days to see what kind of goodies I can find.

Getting Your Facts Straight

I was watching the Yankees/Red Sox game this afternoon, when they panned over to a shot of Stephen King. They (McCarver and Buck, I can’t remember which) proceeded to make fun of the fact he had like three pairs of glasses clipped to his shirt, and also talked about how he had recovered from a motorcycle accident a few years back.

Well, it wasn’t a motorcycle accident. He was hit by a van while out for a walk. I guess a motor vehicle was involved, but this about as far from a motorcycle accident as you can get.

And the reason Stephen King is there, besides being a big Red Sox fan, is he’s working on a book about the 2004 Red Sox season. Stephen King is one of the best writers of our generation, and is to the horror genre what J.R.R. Tolkien was to the fantasy genre. I’ll be checking this out for sure when it comes out, as I do everything Mr. King writes.

Back in Action

Between a cold, and little free time, I’ve been ignoring the present day Tigers. I got watch bits and pieces of the game last night, and was impressed with how they stayed in the game. This has definitely been a season of surprises. Omar Infante hitting two homers? His second multihomer game of the season? Who would have thought last year.

And Craig Monroe looked like he was destined for a season in Toledo after being the 2003 Tiger’s Rookie of the Year. But a few timely injuries, and the Cody Ross trade, opened the door for him. And he’s been one of the hottest players in the entire league in the season half.

Nate Robertson is another story. He really looks like he’s hitting a wall, and Tram and Cluck should thing about shutting him down. This is the third straight start he’s given up five or more runs. The strikeouts are still there, which is nice, but his ERA has ballooned from 4.40 to 4.86 during those three starts. He’s up to almost 180 innings, which I’m sure is the most he’s ever thrown. It’s time to start thinking about next year.

Barry Bonds hit 700th. The only thing that will be more impressive is when he hits 800, and I think he’ll do it. Ichiro had two hits last night, and is also one step closer to making history.

A good friend of mine has started a Reds blog. The link on the right isn’t up yet, and I’ve talked about this in the past, but he’s begged me to give him a plug, so here it is. Reds Cutting Edge should at least be a fun site for Reds fans to visits, knowing Gr…., I mean Blade.

Free Falling

No, I won’t be singing Tom Petty. I couldn’t do him justice. But nothing better states how the Tigers have done so far in September. With the Twins sweep, the Tigers September record is now 3-7. Rondell White and Carlos Guillen, two of the Tiger’s bigger bats, are out, possibly for the rest of the two weeks left in the season.

The highlight of yesterday’s game was “The Collision.” Just one more reason why you don’t mess with Pudge. He even got in a little boot to the head near the end (completely unintentional, of course). The rookie looked like he wanted to make a name for himself (The Tigers were up 4-0, and looked pretty pathetic at that point) by trying to take down a future hall of famer. Well, he made a name for himself….on the disabled list. Terry Tiffee looks like he’s done for the year with a seperated shoulder.

My son’s waking up, so I’m going to have to cut this short, and will edit it later.

Winning the Easy Ones

I know on any given day, even the worst team in baseball can beat the best. It happens. But with the Tigers loss last night, the season series with KC now sits at 7-10, so regardless of the outcome of the next two games, Detroit will have a losing record against the Royals. And this is one of the big reasons why the Tigers stand on the outside looking in, and are not in contention in the AL West.

To put it in even better perspective, the Royals have a winning record against only one team this year, and that team is the Tigers. Winning the games you should win is imperative for a winning franchise. Now I don’t expect them to go 19-0, but there’s no reason we shouldn’t expect something like 12-7 against the worst team in the American League. Three to five more wins (depending on how these last two fall out) would go a long way and mean we’d be at .500, or at least a whole lot closer.

The Tigers face Zack Greinke tonight, who simply manhanded the Tigers last week. Hopefully they’ve been watching the tape. He’ll be going up against Jason Johnson.

Oakland’s three straight losses have made the AL West a lot more interesting, and with Houston’s big run, there’s now five teams within 2 1/2 games of the NL Wild Card. Every game counts.

Guillen for MVP and a Winning Streak

It looks like the Tigers are going to win their second in a row. After taking the opener against the Devil Rays, the Tigers had two days off because of the hurricane before coming back and taking care of the Royals in the opener (I’m assuming the Tigers will win, because they’re up 7-3 with one out in the ninth).

The win will put the Tigers nine games below .500. It was nice to see Will Ledezma throw a nice game, and Omar Infante had a three run double to break the game open in the eighth.

Aaron Gleeman has a well put together piece at Hardball Times about the AL MVP race. It’s nice to see Carlos Guillen get some recognition as he’s right in the mix of Aaron’s column. I was surprised to see he leads the AL in WARP with a 9.4, just ahead of Miguel Tejada. If you’ve never checked out Hardball Times, there’s a ton of information there, and something for just about everyone.

The Tigers won. Berroa hit a solo shot to put a little fear into me, but Gary Knotts got the three inning save.

I hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend. Three and a half weeks left in the season, so I’m hoping they’re good ones.

The Next Big Thing

With the hurricane on the way, it will be interesting to see how many games the Tigers get off over in Tampa. With both of these teams out of playoff race, it’s very possible that the games wouldn’t be made up.

As September goes on, the 1984 Detroit Tigers Championship Diary is winding down. Later in the month, the Tigers will clinch the division, and eventually break the 1968 Detroit Tigers mark of 103 wins. Then in October, there’s the playoffs.

I’ve had a lot of fun with diary, and it was definitely a learning experience. Going into the details of their 35-5 run, and then seeing their subsequent struggles showed how a team can go from red hot to ice cold with basically the flip of a switch.

So I was thinking, what next? And I have two “nexts.” The first of which is a volunteer assignment. A good friend of mine is going to be starting a Reds Blog here soon, Reds Cutting Edge. He was on the fence for a while, but he’s now finalizing his site, and it should be up and running here soon. “Blade” as he likes to call himself, is an interesting guy. Think of a salesman on speed. And acid. But seriously, the guy trains salesmen for a living (he’s weird about remaining unknown, so that’s all I’ll really say), so he’s going to bring more of a cheerleading aspect then what you’re used to here.

What I’ll be doing there is a 1975 Cincinnati Reds diary. The Big Red Machine’s first title, and probably the greatest world series of all time, I’m looking forward to learning about the feats of Joe Morgan, Pete Rose, and Johnny Bench.

So what about Tigerblog? I’m going to be pulling double duty, which is why I’ve been trying to line up some more writers, but what I have planned is, with assistance from Baseball Almanac, a 1935 Detroit Tigers World Championship Diary. I don’t think I’ll be able to do as good of a job as I did with the 1984 diary, because I don’t have play by play data, but I have boxscores and some other additional information that should help me write an informative and interesting take on the Tigers first World Series title.

And to kick things off, over the course of the offseason, I’ll be writing brief bios on some of the key players who played on that team. I’m really looking forward to this, and I hope my readers enjoy it as well. As always, if you have a suggestion, feel free to drop me a line.

Paintball this weekend. With my son being born, it’s the first time I’ve gotten out this year. Also looking forward to the long weekend.

Speaking of which, have a nice weekend.

Royal Blues

What is it about playing in Kansas City. They’re one of the worst teams in the entire league, yet we can’t manage to win a series out there.

A great pitching performance went to waste last night, as Mike Maroth threw a gem. He had a career high eight strikeouts, and gave up only six hits. Unfortunately, Joe Randa crossed the plate, and that was all the Royals needed.

The loss takes them down to eleven games below .500. I can’t recollect, and I don’t really have the time to check, but I think this is the farthest they’ve been to .500 all season. Maybe they can win 2 of 3 against the Devil Rays this weekend and change that.

The Red Sox continue their run, and now stand with a nice comfortable 3 1/2 game lead in the Wild Card standings. They also stand the same 3 1/2 games back of the division leading Yankees. It’s not in the bag, but both of these teams look like they’ll make the playoffs.

In the NL, it’s a little less clear. Five teams are seperated by three games, and even the Astros are back in the mix. Both they and Chicago could be tough playoff opponents once you get down to a shortened rotation.

Bounceback And a Plug

It was really nice to see the Tigers come back and win their game last night against the Royals after their tough weekend. They’re up 5-4 right now, so hopefully they can make it two in a row.

Craig Monroe has been a Tiger on a tear. Similar to Brandon Inge, with the signing of Rondell White, he was a Tiger without a position and started the season in AAA. But with Bobby Higginson struggling and Alex Sanchez injured, Monroe has gotten a chance to sign. Last year’s Tiger Rookie of the Year, he has four homeruns and nine RBIs in the last four games (10 RBIs if you count tonight’s game). He’s also hit safely in now thirteen of his last fourteen games.

Brandon Inge is still hovering at .290 . I’ve always liked Brandon, even though I’ve probably been critical of him in the past, and I now look at him as my favorite Tiger on this team. Who doesn’t want to see him perform well?

I also got to watch bits and pieces of Sunday’s Little League World Series. Definitely one of the more enjoyable sporting events to watch, these kids play their hearts out. And this year it was the Carribean island of Curacao that brought home the championship, beating Thousand Oaks, CA.

Finally, I’m always looking for something good to listen to, and a friend of mine pointed me in the direction of Willie Phoenix.
He does most of his live shows in Columbus, but if you want something new and original to listen too, pick up this CD. It’s a nice blend of Rock and Blues, and there’s definitely some good jams on his album. My personal favorite is Leopard Skin Cadilac, which sounds a little bit like some of the older ZZ Top songs.

Fenway Sweep

Well, just when you think they’re making progress, the Tigers run into a major road block. And not that any of this matters TOO much, but it would have been nice to come away with at least a split here. One run normally isn’t going to do it, and that’s what the Tigers scored in each of the four games against Boston. And this was in a hitters park no less. So as it stands, the Tigers would need to go 21-11 down the stretch to finish at .500. I’m a pessimist, today.

And the Braves showed why Barry Bonds is simply the greatest hitter of our lifetime. They pitch to him, and he ends up with two of the three longest shots in Turner Field history, and six RBIs. He’d need an incredible September to pass Babe Ruth, but at 696, he should be hitting 700 sometime in the next week or two.

And who would have thought, after the close race around the All Star Break, that the Twins would have the largest lead in their division over their rivals. Boston was helped tremendously by said sweep, and now stands a game and a half up in the AL wild card race, while there’s still a three way tie over in the NL with the Cubs, Giants and Padres all right there.

The Tigers have the Kansas City and Tampa Bay this weekend, so I’m hoping they come out of the week at least 3-3. A 16-16 finish would put them at 76 wins, far ahead of most people’s expectations. September call ups are also this week, which is a fun time of year for fans of teams that are out of it.

Two out of Three

For the third series in a row, the Tigers took two out of three. They’ve taken down the White Sox twice, and the Mariners once. No sweeps, but most importantly, they’re winning series. They’ve now pulled themselves back to six games under .500, and are one nice winning streak away from putting themselves close to that magic mark.

They also won their 60th game. That means the Tigers are pretty much guaranteed a season where they’ll lose less then 100 games. We Tiger fans are pretty easy to please, as this hasn’t been accomplished in three years. If they manage to win 80, and finish just under .500, it will be their best season since their last winning one back in 1993.

They have a tough task this weekend, as they head to Fenway. In fact the Tigers are now down 3-1, but Craig Monroe made a nice diving catch in center. Three Tiger errors doesn’t bode well, but they’re still in the game. Also, they’ll be fortunate because Curt Schilling pitching yesterday, so they’ll escape facing him.

Eric Neel has a nice column on why Barry Bonds should win the MVP. In my mind, this is a no brainer. Of course it won’t stop people from arguing for someone else.

I have my fantasy football draft this weekend, which is always interesting. I have two solid running backs as keepers, so I’m pretty set. However, for the first time in five years, I won’t finish in the top three of my baseball league. In the AL format, I lost Beltran in a trade and Giambi to injury. I still have a remote shot of finishing in the money, but I’d need some very solid finishes from my players.

Not Quite a Sweep

For the third time in four tries, the Tigers won their series against their opponent. Unfortunately, I’m getting greedy, and I felt they should have swept the Mariners this weekend. They had a ton of chances to win the ball game this afternoon, but they just couldn’t quite come through. Two of their three runs scored on what I thought was an error. In fact, I think Santa Clauss was the official score keeper this afternoon, as I counted four or five potential errors, but they were all recorded as hits.

Either way, it was a nice day at the park. It was a very hot 75 or so, because the sun was literally beating down on you. I made the mistake of wearing a black shirt, and that compounded the problem. I did get to briefly meet Dan Petry and Gates Brown (I got bad info. if you were expecting Rozie and Wilcox from yesterday’s post), and I got them to autograph the shirts they gave out at the reception. I also got to briefly talk to a man who was at the 1945 World Series, so that was also kind of cool.

As a baseball fan, there’s just something about walking into the ball park. It’s like walking into your own little peaceful nirvana (just with a bunch of people sharing it). Even though I’ve been to Comerica Park probably close to twenty times, there’s still things I notice that I didn’t know were there, or forgot about since the last time I had been there.

Brandon Inge went three for four, and is now sitting at .296. I never thought I’d see the day he’d be flirting with .300 in late Auguest. But I also never thought I’d see Deivi Cruz hit .300+ either.

White Sox are in town this week, then it’s off to Fenway for a four game series. Both of these teams are knee deep in the playoff hunt, so the Tigers will be getting some stiff competition.

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