baseball on the North Shore Spirit (RIP) logo, photo by Samara Pearlstein
Last night Justin Verlander set off ALL the strikeout fireworks. Let’s see if Bondo can do the same on the actual 4th. The Tigers are one of the older teams in the league (1901!), and these Mariners are newfangled whippersnapper upstarts (1977), so obviously the Tigers are MORE AMERICAN, and they need to win today. For the nation.
Your 2010 Tigers All Stars, by the way, are Miguel Cabrera and Jose Valverde. Both got in on player ballot votes. I’m sure most of you did your best, but Miggy is not the starter– those filthy Twinkie fans got their grubby, crumby mitts into the voting and pushed Justin Morneau ahead. Alas. Justin Verlander did not make it in and Phil Hughes did, which annoys me. Stupid players.
A heartwarming 3rd/4th of July tale: my local supermarket was selling off packs of 2009 Topps cards yesterday for $1. I picked up a few because I cannot help myself, so I now have a Jose Valverde Astros card, a Max Scherzer Diamondbacks card, a Matt Joyce Savior of Kittens Tigers card, and a shiny new Verlander card. PAWS BLESS AMERICA.
Happy 4th, Americans! Try to refrain from blowing yourself or your property to bits, and know that if you bought one of those awful white hats with the stars-and-stripes Olde English D, I’m judging you right now.