everyone except for Drew Sharp of the Free Press. I know many of you have got to be exhausted from reading about Prince right now, but here’s a couple of “points” from Drew’s piece crapping on our parade that has me shaking my head.
It makes absolutely no sense paying two guys who basically are the same player more than $45 million annually.
If we were paying two guys with the talent level of Don Kelly or Brandon Inge $45 million, I’d agree. But this is Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. This is the most dangerous 3-4 punch in recent baseball history. This has me drooling at the thought of below average AL Central pitching to our lineup. I mean…
OPS the past 3 seasons:
Fielder: 1.014, .871, .981
Cabrera: .942, 1.042, 1.033
That is amazing. And they’re ours, ours, OURS! And it can only help the guys around them in the lineup. Delmon Young, Brennan Boesch, and Alex Avila’s jobs all got much easier today.
It not only makes them the prohibitive favorite in the American League Central but one darn tough out in the playoffs.
But didn’t we say the same things heading into 2008, when the Tigers finished last in the division?
Don’t compare apples and dead squirrels. There are many differences between the 2008 and 2012 Tigers. For one, the pitching is much, much better this year. I don’t see a clueless Dontrelle Willis or a washed up Nate Robertson on the team. I don’t see an elderly, broken down Kenny Rogers gasping for one last season.
Second, this isn’t Gary Sheffield at the end of his career. This is two young sluggers in their primes. It’s a dream come true for any baseball fan.
Third, eat a box of rat poison, Drew.
What happens when Martinez returns in 2013?
Miguel moves to third or a corner outfield spot. Will it always be pretty? No. But he’s got a year plus to get himself into proper shape and get plenty of reps at those positions before we have to worry about the “problem” of .300+ hitting V-Mart coming back.
What do you do with three defensively limited, slow-footed players you’re collectively paying almost $60 million?
Cheer while they pile up extra base hits like it’s a friggin’ video game?
The base paths would need an emergency bypass with all the clogging.
Oh my gawd. When did Drew Sharp turn into a 70 year old white guy pining for small ball? If they’re clogging the bases, that means they’re getting on base and probably knocking in guys to get there. Please tell me you weren’t hoping for Juan Pierre, Drew.
At first blush, it looks like Ilitch has made a win-now-or-else proposition to his team. But in doing so, he might have risked messing up the chemistry that made this team so compelling a year ago.
Jeebus. Chemistry? Really? The following is one of my favorite Jim Leyland rants of all time:
“I’m so sick of hearing about team chemistry. I’m never going to talk about it again--ever in my life. When it gets brought up, I’m going to say, ‘Next question’. It makes me sick. I can’t stand it. It has nothing to do with anything. When you win, the chemistry is good. When you lose, the chemistry is bad. I don’t care if players get into a fistfight. I read today that Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth didn’t like each other. Well, they won a lot of games. Give me talent. I don’t care if they fight for 21 hours a day. For three hours, go out and beat somebody.”
Where’s that World Series trophy from 2008?
Forget about 2008, asshat. This has nothing to do with it.
The Tigers and all of their fans are looking towards a World Series trophy in 2012. And they just took a gigantic step forward.
Go try and ruin someone else’s day, Drew. Let us be happy for once.