photo by Samara Pearlstein
I am tired and sick, so you get disjointed thoughts tonight! Wicked.
— Poor Arrrrrrmando. He just did not have his stuff, or anyone else’s stuff for that matter. There was an overall lack of Stuff in all its forms, unless you’re talking bad, struggly Stuff, in which case there was plenty. I will say that I am moderately impressed by his ability to stay in the game and get through 5 complete innings despite all his troubles. That was encouraging. It really looked like he was going to be gone before the third inning even ended, so, good on you for that, Arrrrrmando.
He needs the encouragement, he looked really, REALLY mad at himself when he was sitting on the bench after he had been pulled.
— CURTIS GRANDERSON IS MAGNIFICENCE PERSONIFIED. Did you see that first inning leadoff home run? Did you see that third inning leadoff home run? Did you see that Curtis Granderson is amazing in most every way? Yes, you saw that. Unless you have vision problems, in which case you heard it.
Or maybe you were not watching or listening to the game, in which case, if you’re a Tigers fan, you know it already anyways.
— Early in the game Carlos Guillen got to first base. He had one of his back pockets hanging out, as he generally does. This is, of course, a technical violation of the uniform code and some umpires will order a player to tuck his pocket(s) back in, but there are a number of them who prefer it for some superstitious baseballian reason and always try to get away with it.
Andy Van Slyke was standing directly behind him. When Carlos reached the bag, Van Slyke casually glanced over at the first base umpire, then reached down and, entirely without comment, delicately TUCKED GUILLEN’S POCKET BACK IN FOR HIM. I nearly died.
— Tim Timmons has Issues.
— A number of Rod-isms in this one.
After Inge’s “RBI single” in the second, which was a ball thrown away by Weaver:
Rod: Woah! Is it Inge’s birthday today or something?
(some chatter about the badness of the call, including Rod declaring it one of the worst scoring decisions he’s ever seen)
Rod: Don’t write it down [on your scorecard] in pen.
Mario: (plaintively) But I just did.
Rod: Get some whiteout!
Rod: Napoli’s not a small boy, anyways.
After Mario said something about Galarraga’s “laborious” third inning:
Rod: You get that word from Bill Brown?
Mario: Every time I use a word with more than one syllable, Bill Brown comes up.
Bill Brown is the travel secretary and is apparently some sort of wordsmith. Or at least what passes for a wordsmith among baseball men, which means that he uses words with more than one syllable.
After a shot of the Tigers dugout, with empty cups and other such debris strewn all over the ground:
Rod: What a messy dugout!
Rod: Don’t be afraid to put your cups in the trash, kids!
There was also a longish discussion of Chone Figgins’ name, and how it’s pronounced “Shawn” but spelled weirdly, and is actually DeChone (although really he’s Desmond DeChone), and how Rod called him “ch`own”, sensibly rhyming with “cone,” the first time he called a game where Figgins played, and so on. It was tolerably funny, but I didn’t transcribe the whole thing. Sorry.
— While this game was going on I doodled cartoon!me, holding up an April in the D sign, and then smashing it to bits. When they sing “Apriiiiiiill, in the D! Tigers!!” with ‘Tigers’ in that quieter but still sickeningly enthusiastic tone, I want to just lie down on the floor in front of the TV and die. I feel it is important to share that.
— Guillen was 3-for-4. Maybe he needs Andy Van Slyke to tuck his pocket back in every game. It could be good luck.
— Brandon Inge made some really nice defensive plays, including line-drive catches and a spectacular throw home, while in midair and falling away from the play, to get an Angel at the plate. You all know my thoughts on Brandon Inge; I have stuck with him through thick and thin and .200 batting averages, so y’all can just cram it, look upon his mighty works and despair, haterz. Snap snap.
— Still working on Seattle photos. Have no fear! Game photo posts are forthcoming.