photo illustration by Samara Pearlstein
OK. I’m going to the Red Sox/Orioles game tonight, and I’m going to try it make it there when the gates open (because I’m CRAZY like that), so I’m leaving right at 4. As of right this very moment, as I type, the Tigers have not made any trade deadline moves.
I’m a LITTLE disappointed. While I’m happy that we’re not selling the farm to make a run at the end of the year (a very short-sighted view of baseball, I think we will all agree), I would’ve liked to see if we couldn’t shore up the ‘pen a bit with cash and some sleight of hand. I knoooow everyone keeps saying that Fernando and Zoom are coming back, but I, for one, will not rejoice at Fernando’s return until he gives me several solid reasons to do so. His “pure stuff” is an intangible on a par with Derek Jeter’s “calm eyes”, so far as I am concerned, if he pitches like he did before his DL stint. It may be impressive, and it may make fangirl-types squeal breathlessly, but I don’t care unless it can be proven to do anything in the Real World.
It would have been interesting to see what Kyle Farnsworth could have done, removed from the twin negative influences of New York City and Joe Torre, but once the Yanks traded Proctor and failed to secure Gagne, I guess it wasn’t too likely that they’d denude their ‘pen even further.
It is totally possible that a trade will be made between the time when I post this (since I have to leave BY 4, this will be up slightly BEFORE 4), and the trade deadline itself (or something will be done, but we won’t hear about it ’til after). If a trade goes down, feel free to discuss it here so that I can see what’s what when I get back from the game.
If nothing happens, though, you may simply stare into the stony gaze of the mysterious and inscrutable Dombrowskiphinx. We must trust in his wisdom.