This is me, calmly accepting a series loss. It happens. The Tigers are but mortal men, crrrrazy as it seems these days.
The nagging annoyance here is that Bondo did pitch a good game, he did, despite the requisite early-inning jitters. He held his own against Johan “The So Very Good That I Cannot Think of a Flip Nickname for Him and His Pitching Goodness” Santana, who is still pitching very very well for someone who is not having a Johan Santana-like year. Indeed, Bondo was winning the battle (except for strikeouts, but really, who gets 10 Ks in 7 innings? Crazy people, that’s who).
And Nate threw a pretty darn good game the other night. So it’s a little jaw-grinding to lose and waste a couple of good pitching performances.
Vance Wilson cracks my kibble up, though.
“Morneau’s a free swinger,” Wilson said. “And he’s a very good fastball hitter, I don’t care how hard you throw one. That’s my fault. Joel’s a thrower. I should’ve called time, went out there to get Joel on the same page. He’s a young kid. I wanted to come up and in. Even though it was up, it was out over the plate.”
official site game recap
Ha ha ha, oh, Vance. Nice try. Yes, Morneau is a free swinger who sometimes has trouble recognizing pitches. He is also hitting .322 and slugging .604. If you throw it over the plate, pretty obviously Morneau is going to mash the stitching out of it. If Zoom lofted one down the middle of the plate, I do not think it’s because he wasn’t sure on your signs, buddy. It’s because he missed his spot. If he thought you were calling for a meatball down the center of the plate he probably would’ve shaken you off. He missed it. The spot. Where the ball should have gone. Missed. And we lost the game. It happens.
I guess it’s nice to see the veteran catcher trying to shield the rookie pitcher from the harsh realities of life, but c’mon now, Vance, give us (and the kid) a little credit.
edit: I assume that if you’re a cool kid you’ve seen this already, but just in case you haven’t, you need to go check out The Dugout’s latest Tiger-themed post. Because, to be totally honest here, it made me laugh so hard I almost threw up.