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Monday, June 26, 2006

Three nights in June

Well, two nights and one afternoon, really. Hey, I'm trying to be clever, okay?

It's all I'm left with, in trying to describe what happened at Comerica Park this weekend. Maybe you'd prefer I contribute the 482nd piece on the friendship and professional admiration between Jim Leyland and Tony LaRussa?

If there's anyone still wondering how the Tigers might fare against "good" teams, how does a sweep of the second-best team in the National League (with their best player back in the lineup) suit you? St. Louis came into Detroit hoping to stop a three-game losing streak, and left with six straight losses pinned to their wings.

Pick a moment, any moment, your favorite moment from this weekend. Was it Marcus Thames' game-tying home run in Saturday night's ninth inning? (Or Placido Polanco's game-winning double in the 10th?) Brandon Inge doing his best Brooks Robinson impersonation on Sunday, with two highlight-film snares at the third-base line (and throwing out the runner at first from his knees)?

Me, I'm going with Curtis Granderson - who had a fantastic series - and his drive over Jim Edmonds' head (!!!) in the eighth inning yesterday. Not only was it a hard-fought at-bat versus Randy Flores. Not only did it happen on a 3-2 count. But it was a double over Jim Edmonds' head.

Doesn't Edmonds always make that catch? Didn't it look like he was getting himself in position for his latest over-the-shoulder, back-turned-to-home-plate web gem? (Am I overestimating him as a centerfielder?) Instead, Edmonds raised his glove up in vain and watched the ball sail past him. Alexis Gomez scores, Tigers take the lead for good. Get out the brooms and sweep up those Cardinals feathers.

Lest it need be mentioned again, Curtis Granderson is sooooo My Tiger.

Even better, the Tigers gained a game on Chicago. I went to sleep cursing Brad Lidge for giving up a ninth-inning grand slam to Tadahito Iguchi in last night's Astros-White Sox finale. Just can't shake those Sox! But my morning coffee tastes much sweeter with the news that the Astros pulled out the win in the 11th. Thanks, Willy Taveras.

Now let's see what you can do against these Tigers. Bring on that Clemens guy, too.

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  • At June 26, 2006 12:55 PM, Blogger Greg Eno said…

    To me, it didn't really look like Edmonds knew where Granderson's ball was. It landed to his right -- not behind him. Strange.

  • At June 27, 2006 3:21 AM, Blogger twins15 said…

    I'm starting to like the Tigers less and less!

    Just lose already!!

  • At June 27, 2006 2:31 PM, Blogger The Armchair Quarterback said…

    Many have been waiting for the other shoe to drop and see the Tigers revert back to their old ways. It would be nice if they keep this up and make the division race this exciting all season long.


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