Just returned from Detroit after taking in Saturday night's thriller. Just wanted to share a few thoughts...
Terrific ball park and great atmosphere as the place was jammed. Sat in the RF bleachers next to 4 Tiger season ticket holders who could not have been nicer. These guys we all mid 20's and loved talking baseball and the Tigers, great to see.
Junior's slam landed 15 feet from me. What a shot. The Tiger fan who caught the ball would not give in to the demands of the section to "throw it back." I was weraing my griffey shirt and recieved some good natured barbs thrown my way after the slam.
Sad to see Tiger Stadium in an abandoned state. This was my first trip to Detoit so I have nothing to comapre it to, but still sad.
Junior has to move to LF of 1b. First things I noticed last night was how deep Junnior played EVERYONE and how far Kearns shades over to CF. I would say 3-4 hits should have been caught. The tiger announcers today (listening on my drive home) also noted this when they saw where Freel lines up and said Junior is hurting the reds with his lack of range.
It was a poor throw by Lopez but Aurillia looked like a statue on that one. I'm not releaseing FeLo from blame, but it should be shared.
Milton topped out at 87 last night. As long as that happend, you will see a similar pitching line.
Detroit is not a fluke, they are good, young and can stay in this all year. Not sure what they need at the deadline, perhapps an OF, but the rest is there.
The Tiger announcers had alot of nice things to say about Harrang, comparing him to Denny McLain (the way his motion is deceptive and makes his fastball appear faster than it is).
If you havent made that trip, do so, it was well worth it.