illustration by Samara Pearlstein
The game is tied. There is a man at second base. Alex Avila is up, with Wilson Betemit batting behind him. The Royals take a moment to think about this.
Wilson wasn’t a bad hitter with us, they think. He was all .280ish and sometimes he hit for extra bases and whatnot. But Alex Avila… that cat is terrifying. Anyways, we know the ways of Wilson Betemit, for he used to be one of our royal family. The Royals decide to walk Avila to get to Betemit.
THEY DECIDE WRONG! WILSON BETEMIT HAS HIS ROYAL REVENGE! DOUBLE TO RIGHT, ONE RUN SCORES, almost two as Avila was thrown out at the plate. In any event, the Tigers scrape a slim lead, and after going back-and-forth all day (thanks in no small part to the efforts of Austin Jackson on one side and Eric Hosmer on the other) they finally manage to hold on for the win. Disrespect Wilson Betemit at your own risk, especially when you are Kansas City.
Important Insect Updates
First: this may have been part of the reason why the Tigers won yesterday. I received an email from a Tigers employee at the start of the game, containing the following image:
THAT’S RIGHT, IT’S A MANTIS. Apparently it was in the tunnel behind home plate, scouting the pitchers. I don’t KNOW that it interacted with the Tigers players at all, but the fact that it was observed and photographed by Tigers personnel was surely working in our favor. This is serious business, folks. Mantis business.
Also, the flying swarm was back in Cleveland.
It’s September call-up time!
The first round of Toledo refugees are here. Thus far the Tigers have welcomed back
all photos by Samara Pearlstein
And right-handed reliever Luis Marte, but I don’t have any photos of him.