All Star Tigers and other cartoons.


illustrations by Samara Pearlstein

Your 2013 All Star Tigers starters: Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, and Miguel Cabrera. Let’s talk about this trio, just all the sexy baseball-playin’ ability a person can imagine inside their brain and outside their brain in the statistic-gathering websites. And by ‘let’s talk about’ this I mean ‘well uh you can look at that picture which also you can click for bigger.’ Why are they standing in a star-shaped light-filled pit? Because ALL STAR GAME. Let us be clear: if I had access to these three, and also had access to a star-shaped light-filled pit, and Sports Illustrated was asking me to do an All Star Game photoshoot, this is totally the photoshoot that I would do. Sadly for you, me, and the universe, this will never come to pass, so it shall remain a scenario that can only exist in drawn form.

You know what is even more exciting than the fact that the Tigers have 3 starters in the All Star Game? You probably already do know because I am making this post pretty late in the game, but it is the fact that the Tigers actually have SIX players in the All Star Game. SIX.

Jhonny Peralta, Torii Hunter, and Prince Fielder: ladies and gentlecats, your reserves, which can also be clicked for bigger:

Why are they riding star-shaped flying surf boards? BECAUSE ALL STAR GAME.

Now I just have an assortment of cartoons sitting around, because due to External Circumstances it has taken me forever to scan and color things. I could try to integrate them gracefully into this post but like the SI photoshoot it is just not going to happen. We will all have our disappointments on this day.

That thing happened where the Tigers gave Toronto a very special present on Canada Day, because Paws is nothing if not a charitable cat. Look, foreign policy is touchy for the United States on many fronts nowadays; it was important for the Tigers to do their bit for international relations.

Hey remember that time when Jose Valverde was lol ok nope me neither nevermind.

Max Scherzer is 13-0, amazing the greater baseball community and possibly also Max himself. Obviously he has been gazing at things with the blue eye, as we all know that is how that works.

“Spotlight on Drew Smyly.”

Is Victor Martinez finally pulling up his woeful very low no good BABIP? Statistics says: at some point, almost certainly!

In Matt Tuiasosopo do we have the new Magglio Ordonez? No. But in terms of hair… still no, but he may well be the closest thing we’ve got right now, and that deserves remark. More than that: it deserves commendation. The time of Magglio’s hair was a magical time for us as Tigers fans and as human beings. If even a fraction of that former glory can be recaptured, we will owe Mr. Tuiasosopo a shampoo of thanks.

I can’t help it. Joaquin Benoit is up for the Final Man Vote for the All Star Game, which he will inevitably lose because a Yankee and a Red Sock are also in the running, but in any event the Tigers have been using the hashtag #BackBenoit on the Twitters to try to drum up a voting campaign for him, or something. Every time I see it, this is what I think.

Back that thang up, Joaquin. Go Tigers.

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13 responses to “All Star Tigers and other cartoons.

  1. Why is Jhonny struggling to ride his surfboard star? :-(

  2. Lisa's seeking help for Terrible Cartoon withdrawal symptoms

    Is it wrong to think a cartoon is sexy? I see you, Matt.

  3. As a radio listener who was having too much fun with Tuiasosopo’s glorious name, I was tragically unaware of Tuiasosopo’s glorious hair. Thank you for alerting me to this.

  4. It is possible I will never be able to look at Joaquin Benoit in the same way again. But I consider that the Tigers fault, not yours. Weren’t they trying to get us to vote for the San Francisco guy, too? CAN’T THEY REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED LAST OCTOBER!?

    Bran-Torino that is not.

  5. Speaking possibly only for myself but I suspect also for more than a few other baseball fans of the Tiger-ish persuasion, if you ever were inclined to sell that first drawing of Max, Miggy, and JV as an art print suitable for framing and proper display as their talent deserves, I would certainly be lining up to purchase one or more. Just in case you needed more to keep yourself busy. :P

  6. Why is nobody pointing out the fact that JV and Max could not possibly both start the game? I am confused.

    • They didn’t both start the game, but within the context of the All Star Game, both were classed as ‘starters,’ as distinct from ‘reserves’. They shift the definitions a bit for the ASG, presumably just to remind us all how truly fake it is.

  7. Yeah that first drawing is hot. You know. As drawings can be, what with being drawings and all.

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