Who knew that Tigers exhibited such obvious signs of altruism?
What a character-building game this was. How very selfless of Justin Verlander, to make sure he lost this game fair and square, so as to not overshadow Jordan Tata’s first ever win the night before. You think the A’s are a pushover of a team with no power and no speed? You think Jordan Tata’s win was EASY? Justin Verlander will make sure you know how difficult that win truly was, so that you may appreciate it all the better.
No speed? Watch Travis Buck steal the bag! No power? …Well, OK, not really a ton of power, but you want doubles? WE GOT DOUBLES. Justin Verlander will give up the doubles, for you, so that you may realize how great Jordan Tata truly was when he did NOT give up multiple doubles.
Really the sort of brotherly behavior one would expect from a Detroit Tiger.
Unfortunately, while this game went a long way towards making Tata look fantastic, it did NOT go a long way towards making fans happy. This particular fan is tired (the Red Sox game was LONG) and generally beat (the Red Sox game was HOT). I did not stagger home to watch Justin Verlander start huffing and puffing and kicking around the back of the mound in a practically Derek Lowe-ian show of mental midgetry.
Noble intentions and all that, boys. But next time, cut out the altruism (or the terrible baseball, but I’m trying to be optimistic! and kind!), and just freakin’ WIN!