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.
Well, the Red Sox looked really bad yesterday after building up a 10-1 lead behind starter John Smoltz. Now, I’m sure every Red Sox fan was hoping that Smoltz wouldn’t totally suck like he did in his previous start, which was his season debut. Well, he was pretty good yesterday. He pitched four solid innings giving up three hits, a walk, and one run. He also struck out two in his outing. This performance was clearly better than his last one. So with Smoltz lined up for the victory, how do you think the bullpen did? Well, they were dreadful. They did terrible. I’m not even going to explain it so just read the box score.
Masterson pitched to 5 batters in the 7th.
Now, the Orioles came back from a 10-1 deficit to make their longest comeback in franchise history. Their previous longest was eight runs. Now, they posted a story about this on MLB.com which is where I got the idea for this post. In the article, it mentions that this was their longest comeback and that their previous longest was eight. The article went into telling us how much they have comeback from in the past and it says that the O’s have had to comeback a lot. That says something to me. My take on this is that they haven’t been a very good or successful franchise. Now, I’m not saying they haven’t had their good games and their bad games, their good seasons and their bad seasons. But they have had more bad seasons than good by far. But the fact that they have had to comeback in a lot of games from this kind of deficit tells me that they have dug themselves in some pretty fricken big holes in the past.
The starter for the O’s yesterday was Rich Hill. He got rocked. No doubt about that. He got pulled before the fourth inning ended. Then the O’s bullpen took over and they didn’t do all that bad. They only gave up one more run which made it the tenth run the Sox would get. It was really the Sox bullpen that ruined everything. The Red Sox ‘pen has been commented on as one of the best in the game. They have some pretty dominating guys in their. Manny Delcarmen, Justin Masterson, Hideki Okajima, and all leading up to Jonathon Papelbon. They are all good pitchers that have had good seasons so far. But everyone has their ups and downs. Last night must have been a down game for everyone.
Now, I’m not complaining that the Red Sox lost, because the Yankees won and we gained a game on them in the East. Every game we can get right now is good because we need to get back on top. If the O’s have to come from behind every game to beat the Sox in this series, then do it. Whatever it takes to take down the Sox.
Congrats to the O’s. Until next time… Au revoir.