photo illustration by Samara Pearlstein
It’s baseball. You never know what’s gonna happen in baseball…. We do everything together and we’re gonna win the game.
That was Magglio, after batting in the walk-off run.
Bow down before the majestic flowing locks of Magglio Ordonez, for he is mighty, and he is a hero.
How do you describe that game? Halladay was amazing. He probably “deserved” to win. The Tigers ended up winning at the last possible moment; with two outs in the bottom of the 9th they got 5 hits, 2 for RBI, the last of which won the game. Is this representative of how Halladay had pitched for 8.2 innings? No. Do the standings care about that? No. Today, that works for me.
Halladay had been SO dominant. It seemed impossible that we would win this game. Terrible things kept happening too, it just didn’t feel like we had enough for this.
For instance, Pudge leaving with ‘dizziness’…. you KNOW it must have been bad, because he came out of the game with nary a whisper of complaint, which is VERY unlike Pudge. According to Leyland he “hadn’t been feeling well and had been taking some medication.” Hadn’t been feeling well in what sense? Taking what kind of medication? As usual, it is not for us to know.
Dizziness is a little worrying, because it could be nothing much (dehydration or a bad sandwich or something), or it could be an indicator of some horrifically bad brain issue. Pudge was upright and talking to FSN after the game, so hopefully it’s not too debilitating.
I’m not sure what this means for tomorrow’s double-header. I would assume that they’d WANT to sit him, because you don’t mess with dizziness and brainz, but they can’t exactly have Rabelo catch both games, and if Pudge feels at all better he’s going to make a nuisance of himself until they put him back in the lineup regardless of what any pencil-necked doctor-types might say.
Also leaving the game was Joel Zumaya, who spent some time peering at his finger in a worried way as he came off the mound, causing everyone watching to FREAK THE HECK OUT. Not to fear: he didn’t destroy any tendons. He did, however, “pull back the nail” on his index finger. This is obviously 1000x better than his previous injury, but it’ll probably still keep him out for a bit… he can’t very well pitch with a busted-up fingernail even if he wants to. Bad timing? The worst.
DESPITE all of this, the game was won. Why? How? MAGGLIO. Not only did he slam in the winning run, he also went 4-for-5 on the day overall, with a double, a run scored, and 2 RBI. I don’t give a flying cowpat about ARod’s home runs: Magglio is the MVP.
Oh, and more from the good news/bad news department: Bondo’s MRI showed no structural damage on his elbow, just a lot of inflammation. The good news is that he doesn’t have a snapped tendon or something. The bad news is that even inflammation might be reason enough to shut him down for the rest of this season. Kenny had better be solidly back…
Remember, tomorrow is Tigers Bloggers at the Ballpark Night! We’ll be up in the pavilion somewhere for the night game, and hopefully it will be awesome.