The Tuesday Breakfast: The Delmon Young Era Begins
Posted on August 16, 2011
Good morning. And welcome to the Delmon Young era. Last week the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo tweeted that a few notable names had cleared waivers, including Young. I wondered, however momentarily, if the Tigers would make a move for Young. No way they’d make another intra-division trade, I decided. Fast-forward to yesterday and,ta-da.
Leading Off: There were a few enjoyable moments in Monday night’s game when we thought Young’s moon shot in his first Tigers at bat would be the notable home run of the night. Then, Jim Thome erased that notion by hitting career homers 599 and 600 — off Tigers pitching, imagine. In fact, I was surprised that the Tigers had offered up 10.8 percent of Thome’s career home runs. Then again, he did play in the National League for a couple of seasons … Oh, the rest of the game was abysmal thanks to Rick Porcello’s pitching and gruesome defense from Ryan Raburn and, less so, from Wilson Betemit. Perhaps the Tigers should remember that earlier this season they had won eight of the first nine against the Twins this season. Final score: Twins 9, Tigers 6.
Around the Central: In the only other game featuring an A.L. Central team, the Yankees beat the Royals 7-4 at Kauffman Stadium.
Bowden on Young: Here’s what former Reds and Nationals GM had to say about the Tigers picking up Delmon Young:
Young should get recharged with this change of scenery deal, and the deal could make a huge offensive impact on the Tigers’ lineup, as they expect him to return to last year’s form since he’s finally healthy again.
I have to cut this one short today. I’m attending a training class in Los Angeles and it starts in seven minutes. But before I do, Happy 66th Birthday to Bob Balaban, who played NBC executive Russell Dalrymple in Seinfeld.