Game 56: Red Sox at Tigers

PREGAME: Is anybody else in the mood for just a nice relaxing blow-out by the Tigers? Let’s not worry about coming from behind, or who is going to protect a one run lead against David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, and of course Kevin Youkilis. If Jeremy Bonderman can pitch like he did Monday, and have his defense turn a double play or two, the Tigers can then worry about attacking the knuckleball.

Tim Wakefield pitching for the Red Sox. The Tigers have already had considerable success against one knuckleballer this year when they bludgeoned RA Dickey for 6 homers. That game of course tied a mark for the most homers given up by a pitcher. The previous pitcher to give up 6 homers in a game was…Tim Wakefield against…the Detroit Tigers. Sadly Wakefield still managed to win that game, due in large part to 2 homers by…Kevin Youkilis.

I’ll be at the game, so if you see a tall guy with a ringer-style Tiger-in-the-circle logo shirt, say Hi. It might be me.

POSTGAME: Now that’s more like it. Jeremy Bonderman carving up the opposition…Various players hitting homers…Some slick defense…An uneventful 9th inning. The recipe that the Tigers used for the bulk of the season returned last night.

My only comment about the game itself had to do with bullpen usage. With Fernando Rodney coming in to get the last out of the 8th, I thought that Jim Leyland set himself up pretty well to use Rodney in the 9th (even before the Ordonez homer). He could throw Rodney out there again just looking to get him a longer outing and rewarding him for retiring David Ortiz. But then Todd Jones began warming up again…A big part of me wanted to see Jones sent out for the 9th. I understand wanting to get him back out there, but why do it with a one run lead and not a 4 run lead. If someone is struggling and trying to get themselves righted, I’d prefer to see it with a cushion.

Other thoughts about the gameday experience:

  • This is the second game I went to this week with a rain delay. Let me say the Beer Hall is a wonderful concept. You can be dry, have a seat, have beer and food brought to you. It’s a beautiful thing.
  • I actually saw someone else at the game with a ringer circle logo t-shirt. I’d never seen one at the game before. In case you were wondering where it came from, a reader sent it to me from Chicago last year. I guess there is a place that has a bunch of old-school logos and you just select the logo and shirt style and they slap it on. It is my favorite t-shirt without a doubt and I am deeply grateful.
  • Traffic getting out was terrible. We parked in the Grand Circus deck, and it took us 45 minutes from when we got to our car until we got on I-75. The few cops that were out directing traffic, weren’t directing traffic for the most part. They were standing in intersections, sometimes making hand signals, sometimes relying on the traffic lights. I know it was a sell out crowd, but they have to do a better job handling it. What’s strange is that I was there on the previous Saturday, parked in the same spot, and was on I-75 in about 5 minutes.
  • Speaking of handling sell out crowds, the Tigers (or Sportservice) shipped in extra vendors. We talked with Misty from Great American Ball Park and she said 25 vendors had been on hand for the whole homestand. Actually, I wouldn’t mind the Tigers trading for Misty. The attractive beer girl is usually relegated to the golf course and not seen at sporting events.
  • I guess having visiting team merchandise was a short lived experiment. After seeing Reds pennants a few weeks back, I was hoping to get my son a Yankees and Red Sox pennant for his collection. I checked several stands, but with no luck. Am I the only one thinking this would be a good idea?

8 Comments

  1. TM

    June 3, 2006 at 5:00 pm

    I’ll be taking advantage of the TV20 broadcast and actually watching tonight, though I hate to miss Dan and Jim’s broadcast. Good luck out there Billfer… keep the spirit up!

  2. Tim D

    June 3, 2006 at 9:05 pm

    Jones was coming in until Ordonez hit that homer. I understand the need to get him back out there. But Rodney threw 3 pitches to Ortiz. Say Jones comes in and the Sox get one to tie? Now you are in extra innings and you’ve used up Rodney for one batter. I don’t like it.

    On the plus side Bonderman was smoking and big homers are nice. Need Bonderman to go an a roll.

    Chicago 8, Texas 6 in the 8th. Go Rangers.

  3. Anne

    June 3, 2006 at 9:24 pm

    Glad you could be at this one, Billfer. I was there last night. In fact, the Tigs have lost every game I’ve attended this year (three in all) incluiding the now-infamous game that inspired Leyland’s tirade. I may have to stay home the rest of the season.

  4. Nick G

    June 3, 2006 at 9:32 pm

    Billfer — First off, nice win.

    Second, Where do I find a ringer-style Tiger-in-the-circle logo shirt? I miss that logo. Would love to have a Tee. Is that vintage?

  5. Dave

    June 3, 2006 at 10:34 pm

    An example of our near unanimous opinion that Rodney should be the closer, not Jones

  6. Nick G

    June 3, 2006 at 11:01 pm

    Yes, Dave. Yes!

  7. Kyle J

    June 4, 2006 at 11:55 am

    Took the family to the game last night. Sat in the right field stands–great perspective on the home runs. What a shot by Ordonez.

    My favorite Tigers shirt is an orange Moonlight Graham shirt with just the big old school Tiger on the front. Got it at Marshall Field’s of all places. Haven’t seen it anywhere else.

    Agree that something needs to be done about getting traffic in and out. Also, it appears that they didn’t build enough bathrooms for full capacity–lines were out the door all night.

    But these are good problems to have. Go Tigers!

  8. Anne

    June 5, 2006 at 3:28 am

    A Moonlight Graham T-shirt, Kyle? Now that’s worth having!