photo illustration by Samara Pearlstein
That was a Huge Sigh of Relief Game (hereby known as the unpronounceable HSRG) if I ever saw one. The losing streak was starting to get bad… not that all losing streaks aren’t bad, because they ARE, but this one was starting to weigh us all down with incredibly heavy depressing thoughts. Thoughts of the Racist Logos. Thoughts of the Yankees. Disgusting teams to have to think about, really.
Thanks to the HSRG, we can now drag our minds out of the gutter for one night before we have to worry about plunging our thoughts back into the cold, cold depths of murky losing again.
Now, I would like to see if we can win more than once a week. Winning one was good. Winning several in a row would be a lot better. I know we have to take baby steps up out of this slump and I know that the HSRG is just a beginning, but I would be a lot happier inside my own obsessed, Tigers-fan brain if some positive progress could be made.
Speaking of progress being made! Tonight Carlos Guillen reached a milestone, as he acquired his 1,000th hit. Carlos is DHing in an attempt to rest his Surgically Repaired Knee (a joint with whom we are all far too familiar, and from whom we hope to not hear anything soon). Even the unusual rhythm of DHing, coupled with the probable slight soreness in his knee, could not keep Carlos’ bat down. He went 3-for-4 and was a home run short of the cycle, and in the process of all that hitting, he managed to smack his 1,000th.
Quoth Carlos: “You stay healthy, you can do these things.”
Downplaying as usual. Hugs for you, Carlos. Nobody in the universe will care except for us, what with ARod and Barry Bonds and Tom Glavine all splattering onto the windshield of the record books at once, but it’s a nice round number to reach, and Tigers fans commend you most heartily for it.
The Mayor’s home run: awesome, yes or yes? It was kind of like, OK, Sean Casey has gone yard. We cannot now lose this game. Sean Casey, who now has a grand total of 3 home runs this year; this was his first at Comerica, because the park is just too bloody big for his solid lil’ bat. How can you not love seeing a guy like that hit one out of the ballpark, just when we need it most? Pure Mayor-dom.
Oh, and there was a Tigers roundtable over at AOL Fanhouse. Questions were asked of Billfer, Ian, Kurt, and Lee, in addition to me. So you know I sound especially ridiculous. But variety is the spice of Tigers blogdom! So be sure to go check that out.