April 10, 2011

Sunday Snacks: April in the D Edition

ChipsA few overdue thoughts as I work the previous-channel button on my remote, switching between the Tigers and Wings games.

  • When a few specific things occur, I know for certain the baseball season is in full bloom — eight games in or not. Two of these things have already taken place in the past 24 hours: the Tigers lose to the Royals and Ryan Raburn makes at least one bone-headed play in the field.

  • Speaking of the Wings, if they end up playing the Coyotes in the first round, I’ll have to endure lame Detroit jokes in the media out here.

  • Did the Tigers really lose to Bruce Chen? Bruce Chen?

  • Slowly — very slowly — I’m gaining confidence in Alex Avila. He was miserable in the opening series in the New York but I suppose that can be chalked up to nerves, right? Since then he’s hitting .357 (entering today, that is).

  • I definitely love seeing Will Rhymes as the Tigers’ regular second baseman. You have to wonder if Scott Sizemore is following him and thinking, “what do I have to do to get back on the radar?”

  • Did you notice that Robbie Weinhardt is now wearing Jeremy Bonderman‘s old uniform number, 38? No matter the number on his back, I feel 100-percent more comfortable when Weinhardt enters a game than I do Brad Thomas or Ryan Perry.

  • Happy 47th Birthday to Eric King. In two stints with the Tigers (1986-88, ’92), he appeared in 128 games for the Tigers as a starter and bullpen guy, posting a 25-20 record, 16 saves and a 4.23 ERA.

  • Manny Ramirez. As the Boston Globe’s Bob Ryan once said on the old Tony Kornheiser radio show, “Ramirez will never be confused with a member of Mensa.”

  • I’ve heard from many of you about the next episode of the podcast. Hang with us. Ian and I have had trouble aligning calendars — the trouble coming from my end — but we’ll be back soon. Promise.

Finally, happy 82nd birthday to actress Liz Sheridan, who played Jerry’s mom on “Seinfeid.”

6 Comment(s)

  1. md | Apr 10, 2011 | Reply

    fundamentals…
    2 guys in particular really hurt the team.
    inge and raburn.
    ive always respected their effort, but there constant lack of production really hurts the team. and at times, their numbers dont look thast bad b/c the have great games..ie. 3-4 w/ 3 rbi’s but lack consistency.

    the strikeouts on offense kill the team…pressure is never put ont he opposing d…and unfortunately, the tigers’ d always has boneheaded plays…oh well.

  2. Logan | Apr 11, 2011 | Reply

    So, you like Weinhardt better than Thomas and think Raburn (with his .802 OPS) is the major problem with this team?

    You like Will Rhymes?

    You’re not worthy of this blog.

  3. Tommy | Apr 11, 2011 | Reply

    Enjoyed this offering!

  4. Mike McClary | Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks for the comment, Logan. Still can’t seem to find the part where I said “Raburn is the major problem with this team.”

  5. DTW | Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    Mike, you’re in AZ too?

    Go Wings.

    And go Tigers. I work at a sports bar downtown, by Chase. Opening Day was busy and fun, but it just ain’t like back home in Detroit.

    Go Tigers.

  6. matt | Apr 15, 2011 | Reply

    Enjoying the Fungo as always Mike. A quick question:

    Whatever happened to Bonderman? Is he out of baseball now?

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