If it was possible for a baseball team to split your brain in half, it would be happenin’ Detroit. Diving right back into this “we love it, we love it not” dance with .500 is making me just a tiddly wee bit grumpy.
Still, there are bright spots. Magglio took three walks, which isn’t power hitting but is something that makes me Whee Yay Happy! to see. Both the fact that he was seeing the ball well and the fact that he’s perfectly willing to walk on base if he doesn’t get anything he wants to hit fill me with optimism.
Shelton, as usual, was unstoppable, going 2-for-3 with a run scored and two walks on the night. He is now batting .368 but he’s not just hitting for average; the kid is still showing willingness to take a walk (.410 OBP) and good power (.592 SLG). I don’t think there are really adjectives to describe him anymore. It can’t go on like this, but if it does, he could be the best Rule 5er in the history of history itself.
Oh yeah, and we had another Dingman sighting. He’s still got a 0.00 ERA.
Reader Em indicated in the comments of the last post that she took photos at the last couple of home Tigers games. I went to go see. I DIED OF AMAZEMENT AND JEALOUSY AND HOW AWESOME THEY ARE. Seriously, if you are any kind of baseball fan, you need to see these things immediately. So many of them are so good, but here are some of the highlights:
Big Red’s hair and DaMeat looking DIRECTLY AT THE CAMERA! Plus Bondo biting his lip and (I think) JJ looking like a stork in sunglasses. But the best bits are really the sun glinting off of Shelton’s head, and Dmitri’s little semi-smirk.
There are NO WORDS to describe what this photo does to me. Holy CATS girl, are you TRYING TO KILL ME?
Magglio and Infante… this is completely sweet. Compositionally perfect (placement in the frame, the triangle formed by the two players weighting the photo well and offset by the horizontal basepaths in the background, the way the D on Omar’s hat is almost perfectly in the center of the shot), Magglio’s adorable curly hair, and Omar’s expression, which just SLAYS me.
Craig Monroe has awesome eyes. And, again, he’s looking right at the camera. How do you DO that?
Omar Infante again. *whimper*
And because I’m, well, me:
Damn, you guys. Even in the wake of an annoying loss to the M’s, and with the prospect of another Post-AS-Break-JJ start in our immediate future…. Still we can all take some time out to happily ask ourselves, Why are Tigers fans so freaking awesome?