Warm Tiger Memories

This time of year is always tough for me as a baseball fan. The past two years the Tigers have kept things interesting in January with the signings of Ivan Rodriguez and Magglio Ordonez. Miguel Tejada rumors were about the closest that Detroit fans have come to excitement since the winter meetings. Given that, I was trying to muster up some baseball enthusiasm by looking back on my favorite Tiger memories from 2005.

Opening Day

This is an easy one. Opening Day, by virtue of it’s embodiment of the beginning of summer always receives consideration. Even a bad Opening Day is still Opening Day. This year however was a whole lot of fun. On an unseasonably warm day, Dmitri Young went yard 3 times, and Jeremy Bonderman effortlessly demolished the Royals en route to a 11-2 thrashing of the Royals.

Five K’s and a debut

Now this game might not be as well remembered. On June 1st Jeremy Bonderman took on the Texas Rangers, who were playing some pretty good ball at the time. Bonderman was good enough to get a 6-4 win, but that wasn’t the main story. Tony Giarratano made his Major League debut and picked up an RBI when he hit a tweener to right field. What was most impressive though was the performance from the pen. After Bonderman retired the first hitter he faced in the 8th, he was chased by a single. Kyle Farnsworth came in and struck out the next two hitters. In the ninth Ugueth Urbina came in an K’d the side to end the game with 5 straight strike outs.

Oh yeah, and I caught a foul ball.

Father’s Day Delight

After Troy Percival gave up a 3 run homer in the top of the 9th to break a 5-5 tie against the San Francisco Giants, things looked bleak. However, a sacrifice fly by Craig Monroe and a two-run opposite field shot by Chris Shelton in the bottom of the ninth sent the game to extra innings. Placido Polanco sent all the dads home happy with a walk off homer in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Bombing the Bronx Bombers

So the Yankees pretty much owned the Tigers this year, except for July 1st. Jeremy Bonderman took on Randy Johnson on a Friday night in Comerica. Things started off good for Detroit when Chris Shelton hit a bomb to centerfield, and got better as Johnson was chased after 5 innings. Magglio Ordonez came back from the disabled list and poked his first homer as a Tiger as Detroit rolled to a 10-2 win.

Fenway Fun

After giving up 6 runs in the 3rd inning, Detroit got 5 right back on a grand slam from Dmitri Young in the 4th. Brandon Inge and Omar Infante peppered the Green Monster for several extra base hits as the Tigers came back from a 6 run deficit to claim a 12-8 victory. In an ironic twist, Alan Trammell who had never won in Fenway as a manager was ejected early. As it turns out that would be Trammell’s only win in Boston as a Tiger manager.
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  1. tiger337

    January 9, 2006 at 10:46 pm

    I liked Granderson’s inside the park homerun.

  2. Jeff

    January 9, 2006 at 10:49 pm

    Long time reader, first time commenter.

    My best Tiger memories of last season were opening day. It was the first opening day I’ve been to and I had a blast.

    The second memory for me would be May 28th, Tigers and O’s in Baltimore. I was out east for other reasons, and we headed down to Baltimore to see the Tigers. The Tigers beat the O’s 8-6 to finish a three game sweep, and they did it coming from behind. Good game, great ballpark, and Yuengling beer. What more could you ask for.

  3. Jim

    January 10, 2006 at 12:53 pm

    I was at the Father’s Day game with my son and we got on TV. We were sitting next to a couple guys wearing Piston’s jerseys and they were in the heat of the playoffs at the time. The camera zoomed in on the guys then panned over to my son sitting on my lap. We were both wearing Tigers jerseys and there was a comment made about the spirit of sports in Detroit.