The Indians understand that when they visit Detroit they are supposed to be very respectful of the buildings and and wildlife that surround Woodward Avenue. They have listened well in the past. Just last year, for example, they appeared nine different times and abused the Tigers merely once.
But this year. This year is obviously different. The Indians simply don’t respect the Tigers or the inhabitants of Detroit and it showed quite plainly last night and this evening. Tigers are elegant and regal creatures. They are pets that can only be contained by Mike Tyson. They are not to be treated with any sort of disrespect or cruel abuse.
But do the Indians care? No. They do not. They spit on a city that makes cars and trucks and has casinos and really messy winters because the county’s run out of salt by January. They are provocatively rude and think they can take advantage of a city that can’t even stock enough street salt to de-ice its roads in the winter!
Sure, the Tigers lost 9-6 on Wednesday evening to the Indians and the game was never even that close, thanks to Brennan Boesch and his inability to field his position and Max Scherzer and his inability to perform his duties with any sort of consistency.
Once again, I’m finding myself struggling to even look at statistics from the game. Why torture myself? Baseball seasons are super long and God knows I love being able to spend time writing about the Detroit Tigers and God knows I complain about the lack of baseball in the winter, but the Tigers aren’t making this season very much fun.
There aren’t a lot of advantages to rooting for a team that you know isn’t going to the playoffs, but there’s quite possibly nothing worse t0 rooting for a team that you know isn’t going to the playoffs when they were overwhelmingly supposed to be the best team in the division two months ago.
Stop sounding so pessimistic? The Tigers are three losses and three Twins wins away from being the worst team in the A.L. Central, and given the way they’ve played in the last week, they’re going to need a lot more than Justin Verlander to pull them out of this self-imposed mass suicide.The only positives that I can pull out of this one is the fact that they scored six runs, Quintin Berry is making his case to unseat Brennan Boesch from the lineup when Jackson and Dirks return, Jhonny Peralta had two extra base hits, and Cabrera and Fielder are, as usual, both freaking sweet at hitting.
This team still could do something, I’m not doubting that or telling anyone to give up (They can make the postseason, contrary to what I said above, it’s just looking very murky right now). They have the talent and I think they have the manager in place to keep them together as they struggle. But they need to get out of it.
I don’t want to focus on one player and say he is the problem, because it’s a number of different things, but they need to do something with Boesch, who the Tigers claimed “found something mechanical in his swing” that they ‘reportedly’ fixed. Well, he went 0-for-4 tonight and cost the Tigers three unearned runs in a game decided by three runs. So, I’m not sure what it was they fixed, but they either forgot to tell him about it or they need to get a refund.
Tomorrow the Indians will attempt to be rude all over again. They will face Casey Crosby, who will be making his second big league start. We pray that Casey Crosby finds the strike zone. We pray this, dear basebaal.