welcome back Nate! and other bits from the weekend

photo by Samara Pearlstein

This past Saturday, Nate Robertson returned from the dead, looking more like a reasonably well-preserved human being than a mothily decaying corpse. So I have been told, anyways. This was supposed to be the FOX afternoon game but instead FOX was showing the Kennedy funeral, or wake, or memorial service, or whatever the hell it was. Did that happen in Detroit also, or was it just in Massachusetts because Massachusetts is insane when it comes to Kennedys?

Nate gave up two runs in four innings, but only one of those runs was earned. He gave up four hits, none of which went for extra bases. He threw 70 pitches, which is not great, but he only walked one dude and he struck out four, so I feel OK about it.

When was the last time I was able to say that about a Nate Robertson start without all sorts of sarcastic nudges and winks? Honestly can’t remember.

The Tigers lost the game, but it wasn’t actually Nate’s fault; the bats were just shut the hell down by David Price. Actually they were shut the hell down on Sunday too, by Jeff Niemann this time. Lots of bat-shutting-down this weekend.

All that came to an end in the eighth inning, though, when Placido Polanco, of all cats, hit a three-run homer to put the Tigers in the lead. I always imagine him doing this when he hits one out, and then I imagine the pitcher lying prone on the mound because he has been struck down by his own shame over the fact that he has given up a home run to Placido Polanco, whose slugging percentage, after all, is a majestic .385. Miggy’s SLG is .565, just to give you a point of comparison.

The homer meant that the Tigers and Justin Verlander would get the win. Number 69 on the year for the Tigers, number 15 on the year for Verlander. Did he throw 100+ pitches? You don’t need me to type the answer to that question. You know the answer in your hearts.

Rosters expand on Tuesday! Get psyched, get psyched, we gonna see us some kittens.

Monday’s game is at 1:05 pm for some reason. I mean really, mid-day on a Monday? What is that, a makeup game or something? I keep opening up the schedule and looking at it because I think it’s a typo, but every time it is still there. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome is a sign of madness, isn’t it? Damn.

4 responses to “welcome back Nate! and other bits from the weekend

  1. I very nearly broke out a pack of gum in honor of Nate’s return. The fact we didn’t get the come-from-behind win makes me wish I had.
    I saw the game on Fox, which of course meant we got two blah-blah-blah announcers instead of Rod and Mario. But I did see the game. It must have been your local station interrupting its regularly-scheduled programming for the Kennedy funeral.

  2. “When was the last time I was able to say that about a Nate Robertson start without all sorts of sarcastic nudges and winks? Honestly can’t remember.”
    Some people even base entire unfunny blogs around that stuff.

  3. Yup it is time for the “Tigers” to get the Bubble gum going again.The dugout needs to be into the game at hand. Nate brings that! OK, I know it seems like “school boy stuff” but, September and October,? I am glad Nate seems to be back.

  4. Samara Pearlstein

    Heitk1le, at the very least you could have spit your gum at the TV in disgust when the Tigers lost. And ugh, figures. As if EVERY OTHER STATION wasn’t ALSO covering all things Kennedy. Harumph.
    Rogo, ha ha, but how does that make you FEEL? :D
    Walleyeman, if his first start was any indication (here’s hoping), he might be able to contribute on the field as much as off it… which would be a perhaps unexpected bonus…

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