super best friends


illustration by Samara Pearlstein

Good
Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder sure can hit some baseballs. They can hit a baseball a long distance.

Now, it’s only been three games, but in those three games as a 3-4 combo Miggy and Prince have been everything we’ve dreamed thus far. They are best lineup buddies. They are super in both the superlative and hero senses. They are magical and lovely and by their powers combined even greater heights of magical loveliness will be attained.

Good
Justin Verlander. Everything about Justin Verlander.

Bad
Doug Fister is on the DL. (Insert ten minutes of hysterical screaming here.) He has a ‘left costochondral strain’, which means that he over-stretched/strained the cartilage connecting his ribs to his sternum. It’s not an oblique injury, or at least that’s what they’re telling us right now, because they know how that one little word will send us all into death spirals of panic.

Ha ha! Shows what you know, team! I’ll go into a death spiral of panic ANYWAYS! You can’t stop my Tigers-related neuroses!!

The only thing Fister can do about this particular injury is rest. This is both a good thing (noninvasive and uncomplicated healing procedure) and a bad thing (no quick and solid fix, no real way to prevent it from happening again).

We’re not yet sure who will replace him in the rotation, because I guess it builds character to make us panic a little longer. Good thing we had that prolonged competition for the 5th starter spot, though, right? That means we have a bunch of cats in the minors right now who are all starter-ready and chomping at the proverbial bit, right? Right??

Good
Alex Avila is fresh and not yet so exhausted that he can barely heft a bat. It is nice to see, and the results of such freshness are also nice to see. Beardy and nice. Walkoff nice.

Bad
Max Scherzer on Sunday. Seven runs in 2.2 innings, with no injury excuses (so far as we know). Even under normal circumstances this would be somewhat worrying; having just lost Mister Fister, it is THOROUGHLY worrying. Consider me duly worried.

(Use the blue eye, Max! The blue eye! Stop pitching with the brown!)

Good
The fact that even with two starters leaving games early, the bullpen was effective and helped keep both games from getting out of paw. This is like the exact opposite of what happened with the Red Sox, and is in fact rather heartening if you can ignore the reasons why we had to see so much of the ‘pen in this series.

Bad
Jose Valverde blowing his first save in a million years or whatever it was. Of course then he went on to officially get the Win, so… I guess that’s something. A terrible something that does little more than point to the foolishness of statistics like Wins, but, you know, maybe it will make him feel better about himself deep within his own heart.

Good
Miguel Cabrera making funny, awkward-acrobatic plays at third.

Bad
Miguel Cabrera making equally funny, but much more inept plays at third.

Good/Bad
I really personally enjoyed the heck out of what the Tigers did in this series, ridiculous and unreliable as much of it may have been. HOWEVER, as soon as the Tigers buzz wears off, I am going to be freaked out by the (non)performance of the Red Sox. Not as much as many in Boston, who are already crying ULTIMATE DOOM and all that, but a good amount of freaked out. This is a team that is doing its best to announce that it has capital-P-Problems, and if you think Detroit sports radio can get crazy when Detroit teams are starting to lose, let me assure you, it is as nothing compared to Boston sports radio.

Good
Because these games were all broadcast on the Red Sox TV network, I have not yet had to see/hear whatever fresh chthonic horror is being visited upon us this season under the guise of April in the D.

9 responses to “super best friends

  1. We were at Sunday’s game. In the 8th we figured we’d go down and stand in SRO behind home plate for a better view. Didn’t think we’d be standing for another HOUR though. Still, it was an awesome (yet terrible) game. Big crowd, and lots of folks stayed to the end, when it got crazy in Comerica. You’d think we’d just clinched a playoff spot the way people were dancing and cheering and high-fiving strangers. Awesome!

    Also- loved your four children post. I always look forward to the Tigers Passover!

  2. They have THE POWER!!!

  3. After Prince hit his second home run in Saturday’s game, I remember thinking to myself, “This offense is actually as awesome as they said it would be!”

    But then, sometime during Sunday’s game I also remember thinking, “With this pitching, we’re going to need it!” :(

  4. I finally heard April in the D yesterday, as the game was a freebie on MLB Extra Innings. That’s 30 seconds on my life I won’t get back.

  5. ashleigh_briana

    Kenna was screaming, “PITCH WITH YOUR BLUE EYE, MAX SCHERZER!” And I was dyyying! :-)

  6. champing vice chomping

  7. In my wildest dreams I can draw, but in my second-wildest dreams I can tell Samara what to draw. And in this dream the Super Best Friends having super best friend adventures together is a recurring feature. Just sayin.

  8. The Freep has paper Tigers figures you can download and assemble! Complete with accessories and Paws! And look, someone even took them on a little photo tour around Detroit!

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