illustration by Samara Pearlstein
An important part of your daily breakfast!
It’s kind of unusual to be able to talk about the Tigers doing things on the basepaths that are not a) incompetent, b) incredibly stupid, or c) both incompetent and incredibly stupid, so Quintin Berry’s two-steal day seems noteworthy. For other teams it may not be– those strange other teams, with their “emphasis on teaching good base-stealing instincts” and “players who possess good base-stealing instincts” and “managers who consider the steal a legitimate weapon in their arsenal instead of a thing that happens sometimes, for some reason, and maybe benefits the team or maybe doesn’t, who knows.”
But the Tigers are not those other teams, so Quintin Berry, with his 14 successful steals and 0 caught stealing incidents, appears wonderfully refreshing in Detroit, as all good summer berries should.
There was also a Brennan Boesch home run, which is a nice thing to see and maybe a thing we could see more of, if the second half is kind to Brennan and Brennan decides to be kind back. Rod and Mario made it a point to mention that Brennan grew up on the west coast, but was a Dodgers fan as a child. The Angels were beneath him.
Of FredFred we will not speak, except to mention that when he was pitching to Mike Trout, he was pitching to a professional baseball player younger than him, and that makes every last one of us feel Old As Hell.