To be honest, I don't know what else to say about the Prince Fielder signing. Well, other than maybe typing "YIPPIE" over and over a thousand times. Yeah, it's a lot of money. Sure, it puts Miguel Cabrera out of position. But it's not our money. And Big Mig is such a pro that I can see him using the next year to get himself into much better shape and work hard on improving his 3B skills. I think he'll be better at third than most people realize.
But there's plenty of other good (and bad) stories to read on the Prince signing. Here's a few that stood out to me.
-My personal favorite is Sam from Roar of the Tigers' cartoon on Prince's arrival. In 6 panels, she managed to touch even me. And I'm dead inside. Bravo.
-Phil Coke's Brain posted a fascinating look at the deal and how opinions of it differ from the online "nerds" and the casual fan. Amazing how the class clowns sometimes churn out some of the more thought provoking pieces from time to time.
/looks around for approval
/kicks rock and slowly walks away
-Kurt from BYB shares a personal story on how Cecil Fielder was a main reason in him discovering his love of the Detroit Tigers and how Prince is helping him relive those memories. He also made me feel good to know that I wasn't the only person singing "The Little Prince" song yesterday. Phew.
-Lynn Henning isn't about to let Drew Sharp be the only Tigers writer to piss in everyone's corn flakes today. He compares the Tigers to the Phillies and Red Sox of last year before concluding that Cabrera may end up whining like a spoiled six year old if he doesn't end up liking third base. I find this extremely unlikely and think Lynn's upset that he wasn't tipped off on this deal before it happened.
-Lynn's fellow News writer Bob Wojnowski, however, applauds the deal, especially the will to win of Tigers owner Mike Ilitch. Congrats to Bob for not falling into the common "doom and gloom" trap that many Detroit newspaper writers have copied from their Boston brethren.
-And, of course, the Fielder signing was going to bring the Rick Reilly of Detroit sports, Mitch Albom, out of whatever hole he hides in collecting money for being terrible. Albom uses the word "big" 28 times in his piece and says little else of substance. It's like someone read a how-to book on writing a cookie cutter sports column and then followed it step-by-step. Albom is the Juan Pierre of sports writers. He's overrated, overpaid, and awful. But senile old farts love him, I guess.
-For those out there that have been comparing this to the Pujols deal with the Angels, Garret Craig at MCB points out that the Tigers/Prince deal looks to be the better one and gives some good reasons to support it. I tend to agree with him.
-Josh Slagter at mLive thinks Mr. I could have spent his money wiser. I don't share his opinion due to several variables not covered here, but he brings up some interesting ideas while playing fantasy GM. I just don't think many of these guys had much interest in coming to Detroit in the first place.
-At Grantland, Jonah Keri goes all saber on us and says it's a bad deal.
MATH MAKES BONDO'S HEAD HURT. OWWW.
-Finally, Jayson Stark at the Worldwide Leader lists the best 3-4 combos in baseball and puts the Cabrera/Fielder duo at the top. Still no word on if Jim Leyland plans to bat Don Kelly in between them just to make my head explode.
Whether you like the deal, love the deal, hate it, or are still just skeptical, you have to admit that it's, at least, as exciting of a time to be a Tigers fan as it has been in a long, long time. I think we all owe Mike Ilitch a gigantic thank you...
...but your pizza still sucks, sir.