The Tigers just evened up the homestand series against the Yankees, and took the season series, winning four and losing three. Taking three of four would have been nice, but I’d definitely say this was a success. They really got some outstanding starting pitching, topping the list being the one hit shutout by Maroth.
Now the Tigers have a nice little two game series agains the Twins. They’re going to facing Mulholland and Lohse, so the Tigers really have a shot at taking both games. Then they have another little two game series against the Royals, also a couple of games they should take.
Then, following week and a half could determine whether they contend for the AL Central or not. Next weekend they sqaure off agains the White Sox for the first time this season, then a three game series against the Indians who are right there with them, and then, a big four game series at home against the White Sox again.
It’s been a while since I’ve been truly excited about the Tigers, and it’s a great feeling. I was actually watching the clock leading up to the game. Mike Ilitch also has to be happy, as 160,000+ fans showed up for the series. The Tigers topped the 1,000,000 mark yesterday, and are averaging well over 23,000 fans a game. Last year’s mark was a touch over 17,000. 6,000 people at $20 a seat over 81 games is almost $10,000,000 (not to mention concessions), basically paying for Ivan Rodriguez.
Also want to send out a quick congratulations to the Detroit Demolition. The two time National Women’s Football Association made it to the championship team again. The Detroit team has won the championship the last two years (impressive seeing as how the league’s only been around for three years), and goes to Atlanta to defend their title in Atlanta. I listened to an interview of the teams running back (Heather Alexander) on Drew and Mike and she seemed pretty cool.