Curtis Granderson has manned center field for the Tigers long enough to ignore taunts from fans when they’re on the road. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t listen.
They’re not taunting him as much. They’re making fun of his city.
“You hear the razzing: ‘Hey, man, I wouldn’t want to live in Detroit,'” Granderson said. “Or, ‘Nice city. The motor industry’s gone. Now what else do you guys have left?'”
He’s heard it before, but it stings a little more now.
Wow. That’s all I have to say about this. I read this article and I started thinking that people can be really harsh when it comes to the economy. I mean, really. The Tigers are a baseball team that happens to have Detroit as their home. They are having a successful season and taunts from fans come all the time to every team. But when fans of opposing teams start making fun of the Tigers for playing in Detroit, that’s just messed up.
Detroit has been the center of motor vehicles for so long and now it is gone. The economy has definitely payed its toll on Detroit but the Tigers continue to thrive. The Tigers’ baseball organization is a part of the economy, believe it or not. Some people don’t think of it that way but it is. It is a legitimate way of bringing in money to the area. In fifth grade, I did a project on economics for my history class. I decided to do it on the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. The topic was to see how much money this certain rivalry, and baseball in general, brought to the area. The Tigers are the same thing, an economical tool.
When people start making fun of a team because other parts of the town that were important have fallen apart, they really aren’t thinking. Obviously the car business was the biggest economical company in the area. It was one of the biggest in the country. Now that it is gone, Tigers baseball is one of the biggest in the area. It is no doubt that the city is falling apart, but the people of Detroit have something positive to think about in the Detroit Tigers.
I find it hard to think about that others are making fun of the Tigers for where they play instead of that they are the opposing team. It’s just weird and I hate the idea that it is actually happening.
If you want to read the actual story on this on MLB.com, here’s the link. This is where I got the idea for this post but I didn’t really tell the whole story.