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May 29, 2013

Jason Grilli’s Triumphant Return to Detroit

Did Detroit Tigers fans recognize the pitcher who took the mound for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 11th inning Tuesday night at Comerica Park? The Pirates closer mowed down the best part of the Tigers batting order, striking out Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder in succession to finish off a 1-0 win. (Cabrera […]

May 23, 2013

Can’t Wait to See This Bryce Hunter Kid Play

The screen grab spreading across the baseball Twittersphere Thursday night is this graphic from the FOX Sports Kansas City broadcast of the Royals-Angels game. The poll question to FS Kansas City viewers was “Which young player would you like to start a franchise with?” That’s a fun one to debate, right? Mike Trout and Manny […]

May 23, 2013

Was Getting Justin Verlander Back on Track Worth Risking Him After a Rain Delay?

So should we still be worried about Justin Verlander? After two consecutive subpar — some might call them poor — starts, you could feel the panic level rise among Tigers fans. What was wrong with the best pitcher in baseball? Justin Verlander doesn’t walk five batters in a game. Yet that’s what he did May […]

May 21, 2013

What We Learned From the Tigers Losing Three of Four in Texas

While the Detroit Tigers’ four-game visit to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington wasn’t disastrous, it seems fair to say that it could have gone better. A match-up between two of the top teams in the American League provided an opportunity for early bragging rights for league supremacy. While the Tigers came in with the most productive […]

May 16, 2013

Verlander and Darvish Lead Off Four-Game Heavyweight Tilt Between Tigers and Rangers

Seven weeks into the 2013 season, there can only be so many important “showdown” or “statement” series for a Major League Baseball team. Yet the Detroit Tigers seem to have found themselves in several series thus far that could be viewed as playoff or World Series previews. Having interleague play earlier in the schedule due […]

May 6, 2013

The Special Events at Comerica Park Keep Getting More Special

Between this post and the last one I wrote here at the Fungo, I hope I’m not giving the impression that I’m against ballpark promotions. Far from it. I want a t-shirt, bobblehead, mini-bat or commemorative cup as much as any baseball fan. I think the Detroit Tigers have been pretty darn creative with their […]

May 4, 2013

A Wretched Jersey of Scum and Villainy

You’ve likely heard about the special jerseys that the Toledo Mud Hens are wearing for Star Wars weekend at Fifth Third Field. (“May the 4th be with you,” by the way.) The Tigers’ Triple-A team will be outfitted in jerseys inspired by Chewbacca. These really look like a bad choice, as you can see from […]

April 29, 2013

5 Things We Learned From the Tigers’ Sweep Over the Braves

Perhaps it would’ve been hasty to call this weekend’s Detroit Tigers-Atlanta Braves series a World Series preview. But having interleague play every day on the schedule presented us with this matchup in late April, pitting two pennant contenders against each other. Regardless of how the series turned out, to react too strongly one way or […]

April 24, 2013

The Return of Jose Valverde: This is Really Happening, People

So this is really happening? The Detroit Tigers are actually going to do this? Welcome back to Tiger Town, Jose Valverde. Hey, where have you been? Oh, that’s right — the Tigers wanted nothing to do with him after last season, especially when he couldn’t get anyone out in the postseason. You’ve probably repressed this […]

April 24, 2013

Miguel Cabrera’s ESPN Commercial

Apparently, winning the Triple Crown and American League MVP gets you some commercial time on ESPN. Nice special effects! It’s like Miguel Cabrera is in the next Marvel superhero movie. Personally, I’ve always dreaded the Tigers being on Sunday Night Baseball. In the past, they’ve seemed to wilt under the national spotlight. Of course, I […]