Tuesday, April 24, 2007

This Is About Baseball

The Tigers bullpen is pitiful right now. The starters have been pretty solid and Zumaya does what he does, but how many games have Jones, Rodney, and Grilli helped them lose so far? They should have won a couple of those Chicago games, but their relievers aren't holding leads.

Detroit also has Jose Mesa now. Did you know that? Probably not. It doesn't matter. He's injured. He set the record for saves in Cleveland once upon a time, and hasn't really done anything for anyone since.

Their pitching doesn't deserve sole blame, though. Sheff hasn't done much of anything for them yet. Neither has Inge and a few others. They've also been making some embarrassing fielding errors. Still, hearing about Thames tying it up with that homer in the 9th the other day was pretty sweet. And Polanco, Guillen, and Pudge are always money.

And right now they're tied for first place. So I guess I can't complain too much.

I get to actually watch Cleveland games. Looks like Sizemore and Hafner are already having solid years. Westbrook has to feel terrible about his recent New York appearance, because everyone including him knows that he's better than that. Fun fact: whenever Hafner comes to bat, I yell, "HAFNER SMASH!!" Mrs. Jeff hates it. It's really funny.

I'm glad that I get to watch Cleveland. I consider it a special treat to actually watch the Tigers instead of updating the online scoreboard 200 times. I know I get to see them when they play Cleveland, I have a decent chance of catching them on WGN when they play the White Sox (but even then they seem to carry the Cubs more), and ESPN is sometimes gracious enough to show something other than the Yankees or Red Sox.

Speaking of which: I don't care how many bowel movements Dice-K had today, ESPN. I know, that's crazy to say. But it's the truth. How about a little equal time now and then?

And as much as I lament some of the Detroit pitching, I'm absolutely thrilled with the New York pitching. Hee hee.

And R.I.P. David Halberstam. I read The Teammates a few years ago and greatly enjoyed it. I know he's probably more well-known for his political stuff, but it still fits here.