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This might be my favorite article yet. I was stifling laughter through the whole thing but lost it with the Hunter Pence .gif at the end. Mr. Miller you are a treasure and if I had the means I would build an extra story or two on to your house. Bravo!
I think the old rule was that American League and National League rotated the #1 pick. Padres had the worst pick in the N.L. so they picked first in 2004. To bad the Tigers missed out on Matt Bush that probably would have put them over the top in 2006 :)
Great article. I to was at that Yankees game where Clemens was going for his 300th victory and the game ended up going on forever. Some of my other favorite memories from the 2003 season. Going to a game against the White Sox where fans routinely sprinted across the field without repercussions. Jon Bois could have written an epic 20 part series detailing all the fan interference that afternoon. I also had Shane Halter call me and my friend an unkind term referring to female anatomy because we had made a sign critical of Dean Palmer and finally trying to convince everyone I knew that Wil Ledezma was the second coming of Pedro Martinez because I saw him dominate the White Sox until stupid Chris Spurling and his giant gold #48 necklace came in and blew the game. I agree 100% that any Tigers fan who was a fan of the team in 2003 will always appreciate the team being in the playoffs or hell within shouting distance of .500
Yes! I was at the worst game of the year. I bought my Dad really great seats for this game as a Father's Day gift and we went together and sat in the worst thunderstorm I've ever seen. Just a non stop torrential downpour for hours and they refused to cancel the game. So my Dad and I went to get Thai food from a restaurant close to the stadium and he got really sick. So not only did I give him tickets to the worst game of the year, I also gave him food poisoning. Pretty sure I am going to get disinherited.
I also have a question about Sizemore's tenure in Detroit. Was there ever any concern with the team about Sizemore's makeup or attitude. It sure seems like he wasn't a favorite with management with the way they kept him in Triple A for the beginning of the year and then sent him out of town with a speed usually reserved for trading Ugueth Urbina after he drunkenly fights the whole team plane. Also thanks for these updates, they really are the best part of my workday.
Thanks for the update on Sizemore. As a Tigers fan I was under the assumption that their position prospects consisted of Wilken Ramirez, Ryan Strieby (who will probably never make it too Detroit b/c of Cabrera), and Cale Iorg, who gets high rankings but comes with a million question marks too. It will be fun to see if Sizemore keeps this up and provides a possible solution at the keystone if Polanco departs as a free agent.
I think Joe Nelson might be referring to Danny Patterson who used to pitch for the Rangers and Tigers. Danny Patterson also threw a Vulcan changeup. He was nice enough to show me his grip at a Tigerfest, when he was signing autographs. I tried it in a high school game once, just for the hell of it, and it hurt so bad I thought my arm had detached at the elbow.
I guess none of this really matters, but Nelson talking about his Vulcan pitch brought back the memory of teenage me and Danny Patterson chit-chatting at an empty autograph signing table about pitching.
Amazing article. As a 7 year old my two favorite things in the world were baseball and Macho Man Randy Savage, had I known they were connected in some way my head would've exploded.
Also as a Tigers fan I came across current owner Mike Ilitch's stats. You know what they say, if you can't beat them, quit, make millions selling cheap pizza and buy them.
driving home from work and listening to the Tigers game on the radio, the Tigers radio guys brought up the Thome homerun off of Farnsworth and had a little laugh about it. As soon as I walked in to my apartment and turned on the Tigers game the Tigers tv guys were also laughing about Farnsworth giving up the Thome blast. The Professor was only in Detroit for a short time last season but his legacy will last forever.
As a Tigers fan I think it's impossible to put a price on how entertaining Fernando Rodney's meltdowns can be. They usually go like this. Strike out, Walk, Basehit, Fernando nervously wiping his brow between every pitch, Strikeout, Hit batter on 0-2 count, Catcher visits mound and Fernando emphatically nods in agreement with everything catcher says, Changeup in Drit, Pitching coach visit with more nodding by Rodney, Fastball over catchers head, Rodney pacing between home plate and the mound, Crowd murmurs, Bases clearing double, Tigers lose. Lather, rinse and repeat a dozen times a year.
Sure you could get the same results from a couple hundred league minimum relievers but you wouldn't get the same entertaining meltdowns. Fernando Rodney is the Laurence Olivier of dramatic late inning implosions.
Thanks a lot BP. According to Amazon I\'m getting the book 4 days before I take the bar exam. How am I supposed to cram for the test when I\'ve got hundreds of pages of glorious top of the line baseball coverage staring me in the face? Hopefully the examiners will skip a Trusts question and instead ask what Curtis Granderson PECOTA projection is.
Being a Tigers fan it pains me to see Jair and Gorkys so highly regarded on this list (sorry, even though I\'ve never met them I followed their minor league careers so closely that I feel comfortable enough to be on a 1st name basis.) The fun fact for Gorkys Hernandez blew my mind though and I was hoping you could elaborate. Are his parents big fans of Socialist realism? Does he have brothers named Sholokhovs or Deinekas? I really hope this guy makes it.