a reenactment of the wondrous moment
What could possibly be better than a complete game win from Justin Verlander to start off a double header with the vile Wrong Sox? What could top that? Think for a few minutes. Try to guess.
If you came up with “Curtis Granderson taking his shirt off”, congratulations, you are correct.
Detroit News writer Dana Wakiji knows what’s important to report. Detroit News photographer Tom Gromak is a prince among camera-bearing men. And Curtis Granderson, Edwin Jackson, and Jim Leyland are very, very good sports. Behold the amazing fruits of this combination over here: Jim Leyland takes shirt off his back to help Curtis Granderson’s charity.
First, look on the right under ‘RELATED CONTENT’, for a little link that says ‘Photos: Tigers’ bachelor auction aids inner city youth education’. Click on this link and go through all the photos, but most especially feast your retinas on this and this and THIS.
If you recover from those images sometime in the next century, you may then proceed to read the article.
Perry, a 22-year-old rookie, was up first. During the bidding, Laird offered $2,000. “I will not clean your house!” Perry yelled to Laird.
Jackson’s tattoos could only be revealed by removing his shirt, so he asked his manager’s permission. “You take your shirt off, I’ll take mine off,” Leyland yelled from the middle of the room.
Jackson obliged by removing his shirt and showing off his tattooed back and arms. He then demanded his manager keep his word. Leyland came up to the stage and said he would remove his shirt as long as the picture did not end up on TV or in the newspaper.
AMAZING. Of course most of you remember the image heading up this post, from these bad old days, but Jim Leyland taking off his shirt in front of a roomful of fans and a number of Tigers players REALLY ACTUALLY HAPPENED IN REAL ACTUAL LIFE. Bobby Seay took photos of it with his phone. I feel faint.
It gets better.
After the auction, Jackson insisted Granderson remove his shirt. After getting approval from his mother, Mary, Granderson obliged.
Granderson blamed the shirtlessness on the tattoos.
“It started with tattoos, see what tattoos do?” Granderson said. “Good and bad. I don’t have any tattoos and it started with Ryan Perry rolling his sleeve up and then Edwin Jackson. Once Jim Leyland, our manager, comes up, I can’t get shown up by him. Very surprising, but I thank him very much for helping raise a lot of money. Hopefully the ladies loved it.”
Oh Curtis Granderson, why are you so perfect? Edwin Jackson peer-pressured him into taking his shirt off! He got permission from his mom! Rest assured, Curtis, the ladies loved it, and I am certain a number of gentlemen did as well.
Yes. The Detroit News loves us and wants us to be happy. Granderson, Jackson, and Leyland love us and want us to be happy. Success. My eyeballs are happy.