photo by Samara Pearlstein
This photo is from 2007. You can’t see him, but Brandon Inge is in the middle of that pile, getting mobbed after hitting a late April walkoff home run to beat the Twins. He’s getting love from old friends Curtis Granderson (sob), Magglio’s Hair (sob), and still-current friend Justin Verlander. It is a beautiful thing, even if the net prevented it from being a beautiful photo.
This scene was reenacted in the modern era today, as Brandon Inge hit his fifth ever walkoff home run! Let me just insert this here:
The homer let the Tigers put a 3-2 victory up on the Rangers. Yesterday the Tigers won 5-4 on a Miguel Cabrera walkoff bases loaded single. They’ve just been strutting to victory all over the place.
I know that we as fans are supposed to enjoy the walkoff win, because it’s exciting and whatnot. I do enjoy them, in the sense that I of course enjoy watching the Tigers win, but a walkoff win means that the game was close, probably TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT. I get nervous, ok. I don’t like being the sort of nervous that means a walkoff win is possible. The walkoff win may be THRILLING and INTERESTING and A POSITIVE RESULT IN THE SCOREBOOKS, but I don’t trust it the same way I trust a nice, solid, hardly-ever-in-doubt win.
I’m not really complaining. These are, first and foremost, WINS. Paws knows we need those. They also probably have a positive effect on the fragile psyches of the Tigers themselves, which will be a good thing coming off a string of unattractive losses and barreling headlong into a spin ’round the west coast.
Still, I would like to see some wins that are NOT decided at the last possible moment. I need a few of those before I can truly start feeling better about the team. I’m a worrier, ok.
ETA: There’s been a move. Weinhardt down, Alburquerque up. Eh. Why not?