photos by Samara Pearlstein
What a day for T. Damon (I won’t use the full name tonight, as he maybe deserves it after this performance). He got his career 2,500th hit early in the game, earning him a standing ovation from the hot sweaty Comerica crowd. He had two hits on the night, the first being a single for that #2,500. The second hit? A walkoff two-run homer in the 11th.
He may always be T. Damon to me, but even I have to admit that that is a heck of a night. And I’m certainly not going to turn my schnozz up at a Tigers win.
Miguel Cabrera, who hit a super sexy two-run bomb to tie the game in the 9th, has been confirmed for this year’s Home Run Derby. I suppose that means we all have to watch it now, as incredibly drawn-out and boring as it will inevitably be. Scott Pickens will be going with him to pitch, according to Jason Beck.
Oh, and Miggy had a kidney infection last weekend? How did I miss that one? I thought it was reported as simple ‘back stiffness’… ‘though a kidney infection would definitely explain that.
Arrrrrrrrmando was sent down to Toledo after tonight’s start. He had just gone 6.2 innings, giving up 10 hits and 3 walks, but only 3 runs, and one of those was an inherited runner that the bullpen brought home. This demotion is basically just a roster shuffle, not necessarily a reflection on his pitching (although it is, a little bit), but Armando was MAD.
“I don’t want to talk to you guys,” Galarraga said before briskly walking out of the clubhouse.
Sick burn, man. Robbie Weinhardt was called up to take his place
for one start (?) on the roster ’til after the All Star break, then Armando will be back in Big Cat action. It’s a big step down from a perfect game, though, so his annoyance is in that sense understandable.
Brief moments when I regret the HD:
–the camera focuses on umpire Joe West’s sweat-soaked shirt
–the realization that, with his summer undershirt providing less collar coverage, you can now see Carlos Guillen’s chest hair
–camera pans to the dugout, any manager starts picking his nose
–Ryan Perry’s chinstrap (ugh, just get rid of it already, Ryan, it looks terrible and you aren’t a penguin)
—Jake Peavy is hurt. He came out of the game after throwing a pitch today, didn’t even wait for the trainer, just stormed off towards the dugout. Ozzie Guillen was sticking his tongue out, apparently because that is how he displays consternation.
–The Racist Logos/Rangers game was interrupted today when a fan fell out of the upper deck while reaching for a foul ball. It was about a 30 foot drop, and he hit four people on the way down, mildly injuring them. The homeplate ump halted play for around 15 minutes. It seems that the guy never lost consciousness and was able to move all his extremities, so it’s definitely not as horrific as it very, very easily could have been.
–The Twinks badly want Cliff Lee. I don’t want this to happen. I mean, I enjoy the idea of depleting the Twinkie farm system, but I don’t like the idea of them acquiring a player who makes them significantly better for the rest of 2010. I like this 2010 Tigers team (mostly), I don’t want them to suffer.