This weekend at Comerica Park, the 1984 championship team will be honered. Like the festivities for the 1968 team last year, I won’t be able to make it down to the ball park. But, as everyone who’s frequented the site knows, I’ve been doing my own little thing to commemorate that historic season, and I hope everyone is enjoying. I know now that we’ve gotten past the 35-5 start things are kind of in “long haul” mode, but I hope people enjoy stopping by to see how this great team accomplished what they did.
The 2004 team did a nice job of honoring the team tonight by throwing a combined one hitter against the D-Backs. Former Tiger Luis Gonzalez got the only hit and ended up scoring, and despite a great outing by Brandon Webb, the Tigers walked away with a hard fought win. Brandon Webb now has two career complete games, and they’re both against the Detroit. The game did have some drama, because with two outs in the ninth, Steve Finley took Bobby Higginson back all the way to the wall to make the final out of the game.
The big news this week was the Carlos Beltran trade. He already made an impact by getting two hits for Houston tonight, and he makes their defense that much better. If Petite can come back down the stretch and is healthy, a playoff rotation of Clemens, Oswalt, and Petite is pretty nice. Losing Dotel weakens their pen, but Lidge should be more then up for closing duties. Now of course, all they have to do is win the division.
As it stands, the Tigers are 25th in attendance this year. They had a 30,000+ crowd tonight, and that might push them ahead of the division leading Twins, but even at 24, you have to be a little disappointed, considering the Expos, at 30th, don’t even count. The Tigers average is a touch above 20,000. Even Seattle, who’s stuggling mightily, is 11th. Colorado is having a tough year, and they’re 15th. The Marlins have to be disappointed standing at 20th, as they’re in first place and are coming off a World Series win. Last year, the Tigers average 17,000 and were 27th in the league, just ahead of……the World Champion Marlins.