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Game 118: Blue Jays at Tigers

PREGAME: The Blue Jays come to town. Shaun Marcum is on the mound for Toronto. He struggled in his first 3 starts off the DL allowing 17 runs in 14.2 innings and 5 homers in those 3 games. But in his last start he got well holding Oakland to 1 run in 7 innings with 7 K’s and only 2 walks. Whether that means he’s back to the low 3′s ERA pitcher he was earlier in the year, or it was a product of facing the A’s remains to be seen.

For the Tigers it will be Justin Verlander. Verlander made progress in his last start before his line was blown up in his 8th inning of work. Oh yeah, and he threw 130 pitches.

TOR @ DET, Monday, August 11, 2008 Game Preview – Baseball-Reference.com

Game Time 7:05

POSTGAME: The weather was perfect. Outside of that, I’ll go bulleted list style:

Posted by on August 11, 2008.

Categories: 2008 Season, Game Post

112 Responses

  1. How about a pitch count pool? I say 125

    by Slashpyne on Aug 11, 2008 at 7:00 pm

  2. 113.

    by ron on Aug 11, 2008 at 7:09 pm

  3. I’ll go with 110, Slash.

    by Ken in Las Vegas on Aug 11, 2008 at 7:10 pm

  4. Good to see him with an 8 pitch inning to start the game.

    by Ken in Las Vegas on Aug 11, 2008 at 7:13 pm

  5. Verlander crushes mini-Brandon (Inglett) with an easy strikeout to start the game.

    by Dave BW on Aug 11, 2008 at 7:13 pm

  6. I’m assuming we’re using the Price is Right system, and will thus guess 559

    by Dave BW on Aug 11, 2008 at 7:14 pm

  7. Was Brandon taking off his chest protector before making that throw?

    by ron on Aug 11, 2008 at 7:15 pm

  8. Dave BW, I thought the Price is Right system frowns upon large numbers because you are disqualified if you estimate over. Wouldn’t you want to bet 1 pitch?

    by Ken in Las Vegas on Aug 11, 2008 at 7:22 pm

  9. well, the 2nd inn isn’t looking as good as the 1st

    by jason on Aug 11, 2008 at 7:32 pm

  10. Got too cute with those curve balls to Stairs, then had to come in. He’s got to learn to trust his stuff so he doesn’t fall behind on counts so often.

    by Jeff on Aug 11, 2008 at 7:35 pm

  11. oh crap, you’re right ken. 1 pitch it is

    by Dave BW on Aug 11, 2008 at 7:36 pm

  12. healthy round of boos for sheffield

    by Dave BW on Aug 11, 2008 at 7:36 pm

  13. What Gary, too low?

    by ron on Aug 11, 2008 at 7:40 pm

  14. If you think Gary’s comments are silly now, just wait until he’s in his contract year!

    by Dave BW on Aug 11, 2008 at 7:41 pm

  15. HOME RUN BINGE! SUBURBAN STRONG!

    by Dave BW on Aug 11, 2008 at 7:49 pm

  16. Oblique Brothers Power!!

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2008 at 7:59 pm

  17. Sheffield will move to 3rd in the 7th as a defensive replacement; Inge will complain that it’s hard to be a team leader while you are squatting.

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:03 pm

  18. And will an inside pitch “get away” from Verlander?

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:04 pm

  19. Verlander seems to have forgotten how to pitch again

    by Dave BW on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:06 pm

  20. That was a terrible 1-2 pitch to Wells. Ugh.

    by Brian P on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:06 pm

  21. So, is Verlander our ace now?

    by sky on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:08 pm

  22. Maybe Verlander could try out as closer?

    by sky on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:09 pm

  23. uhhhh….this is going to be one of those games isn’t it, where someone like Inge hits a home run and then nada while the other team circles the bases like carousel horses…

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:12 pm

  24. Seriously, the Tigers have had a couple of chances. Miggy has failed to make hard contact twice. It seems the Tigers should knock this guy for about six runs an inning. He’s got nothing on his pitches but he has placed them close. If he stays in there he is doomed, however.

    by sky on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:13 pm

  25. DD has paid a pile and the fans are showing up. They deserve some consistent play and are not seeing it.

    There goes Shef again! When is JL’s rule going to kick in.

    by sky on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:17 pm

  26. BOOOOO.

    by ron on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:17 pm

  27. Ah yes, reminiscent of the ’84 series with Gossage/Gibson, Leyland signals Inge by holding up 4 fingers, meaning they aren’t going to pitch to you. Inge responds by–

    Oh wait, sorry, Leyland was just gesturing for the clubhouse attendant to bring some more smokes to him…

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:20 pm

  28. Is it just me or does anyone else notice a very strange strike zone tonight? Marcum is getting every close call and them some.

    by sky on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:20 pm

  29. Jeez! Two strikes in the other batters’ box. Like Sheffield, I’ve been seeing this all year.

    Of course if Justin keeps allowing runs, it doesn’t matter.

    by Brian P on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:21 pm

  30. Not too many white guys wear Pukka shells like the Jays’ pitcher, do they?

    by ron on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:25 pm

  31. the strike zone seems big in some places and small in other

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:25 pm

  32. hey coleman. are you steven wright or something??? pretty funny stuff. getting more enjoyment reading your posts than watching sheffield dawg it down the line again. anyone think he’s trying to get moved.

    i have a theory about when the tigers will roar next…the year all those big money contracts are up for renewal

    by charlie on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:26 pm

  33. you can’t tell from the back but from the side you can see the strike zone is shaped so that it is narrow on the top and bottom with a large bulge near waist level, very much actually like one of those skinny old men at the beach in bermuda shorts with a big round belly hanging over his belt like an underinflated basketball.

    The Tiger hitters need to protect the potbelly if they are going to get anywhere tonight.

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:30 pm

  34. Okay, this game is just pissing me off. Is there anything else on?

    by Dave BW on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:30 pm

  35. Our ace gets 13 outs and he’s out. Man o man.

    by ron on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:32 pm

  36. Dave BW, I’m not sure which channel, but I think tonight begins the qualifying round of the Olympic Cartography competition

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:33 pm

  37. OK, Sheffield can’t complain if he’s not gonna take the chances he has at that leadership thing. It was the best chance he’s gonna have to go all Prince Fielder on Verlander…

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:34 pm

  38. Coleman: Sold!!!

    by Dave BW on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:34 pm

  39. Coleman, you painted that picture with such clarity, I can’t get it out of my mind. Oh, that’s just my reflection.

    by ron on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:35 pm

  40. Ha Ron, I have had that feeling…and puzzled how so many square ham sandwiches yet result in the rounding of the belly?

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:38 pm

  41. This game isn’t very fun.

    by Mark in Chicago on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:43 pm

  42. Time to boo the whole team.

    by ron on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:46 pm

  43. At the end of the day, all I really care about anymore is that the stoopid White Sox DON’T win the division. Even the Twins are more preferable, IMO (I know I’m going to find some resistance to that, and I totally respect the Twins haters. I just hate the White Sox more.)

    Aside from that, I’m focused on next year.

    by Mark in Chicago on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:48 pm

  44. 7 runs on 8 hits. Now that is timely hitting.

    by ron on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:51 pm

  45. Relying on Inge for all of your offense: not usually effective

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:53 pm

  46. Speaking of beach bodies, has the Olympics Women’s Volleyball started yet.

    by ron on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:55 pm

  47. Hmm, perhaps sarcasm inspires these guys

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:55 pm

  48. Leaves 4 guys stranded and now he hits a home run.

    by ron on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:56 pm

  49. Although it will be too much for my strong stomach even if Sheffield walks and then Renteria grounds into a triple play

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:56 pm

  50. Ken in LV – I’m stranded in Vegas for the night. On the strip, let me know if you want to drink and reminisce about Verlander’s good days. kmvela@yahoo.com.

    by Kevin in Austin on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:57 pm

  51. Nice keeping the rally alive Oh, Great Leader.

    by ron on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:57 pm

  52. “Leaves 4 guys stranded and now he hits a home run”

    I think that is what it say on the big banner hanging in the locker room; it’s like the team coat of arms or something

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:58 pm

  53. Im encouraged, the Rentman escaped un-doubled-up

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:59 pm

  54. Kevin put 20 bucks on the Lions to win the Super Bowl. Seriously.

    by ron on Aug 11, 2008 at 9:04 pm

  55. Wow, Ron. Wow. Complaining about Miguel Cabrera even though he hit a homer because he’s left 4 on? Brutal.

    by Mike R on Aug 11, 2008 at 9:04 pm

  56. glad it’s only 7pm here…at least my evening is not ruined

    by charlie on Aug 11, 2008 at 9:06 pm

  57. But he didn’t escape getting his pants soiled for the second time this month.

    by ron on Aug 11, 2008 at 9:06 pm

  58. Kevin in Austin:

    There are far worse places to be stuck for one night than Vegas. Enjoy.

    by Mark in Chicago on Aug 11, 2008 at 9:07 pm

  59. Mike R. sorry, really. I’m really mad at Gary. My frustration was misplaced.

    by ron on Aug 11, 2008 at 9:13 pm

  60. O/U on Lions wins is 6 1/2 at the Mirage. Super Bowl odds are 60:1.

    by Kevin in Austin on Aug 11, 2008 at 9:18 pm

  61. Kevin isn’t stuck. He lost all his money and needs some place to stay until his ship comes in.

    by ron on Aug 11, 2008 at 9:20 pm

  62. Hey, Kevin. I’m down to have a couple of beers if you want. I have a 10 a.m interview tomorrow that I have to ace, but it’s not every day that you get to meet a fellow blogger. I tried to meat up with Coleman over a couple of ham sandwiches a month ago, but he thought I lived in Las Vegas, New Mexico, so we had to eat our respective ham sandwiches with respective local prostitutes, who I’m sure needed the added nourishment anyway. We just laugh about it now, but it was a little depressing at the time.

    by Ken in Las Vegas on Aug 11, 2008 at 9:29 pm

  63. John Danks just lost his perfect game in the 6th inning by hitting Jacoby Ellsbury.

    Still has the no-no.

    by Mark in Chicago on Aug 11, 2008 at 9:30 pm

  64. the only guy without a hit is the wiggle…prolly thinks they raised the mound just for him.

    by charlie on Aug 11, 2008 at 9:41 pm

  65. Inge would have been out on that one if he hit that same ball and they had Inge at 3rd.

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2008 at 9:42 pm

  66. lopez pitched 2/3 of an inning less than ace using 33 less pitches. i’m calling battlestar our ace.

    by charlie on Aug 11, 2008 at 9:43 pm

  67. Now THAT would have been an awesome way to end the game, the 3rd out coming from having 2 runners on 3rd.

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2008 at 9:44 pm

  68. Ken in LV – shoot me an email with your # if you can make your way down to the middle of the strip and let’s meet up. kmvela@yahoo.com

    by Kevin in Austin on Aug 11, 2008 at 9:54 pm

  69. Watching you two trying to hook up has been the best part of the evening. Let us know how the Tiger analysis went.

    by ron on Aug 11, 2008 at 10:23 pm

  70. Kevin and Ken, we’re counting on you guys to solve all the Tigers’ problems. (we’ll worry about curing cancer later).

    Get cracking and good luck!

    by Mark in Chicago on Aug 11, 2008 at 10:31 pm

  71. This is the song that i think best represents the Tiger season.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcmH1LdPNKA

    by stephen on Aug 11, 2008 at 10:45 pm

  72. tigers need an ace, because verlander has proven that he is not it. Perhaps the Tigers would find a way to land CC. And then JV can find his way as our #2 starter.

    by chris on Aug 11, 2008 at 10:54 pm

  73. At least I got to boo Sheffield tonight.

    Renteria made a helluva play on that grounder in the second. Sure looked like he was out at first from my seat.

    by Ryan P on Aug 11, 2008 at 11:14 pm

  74. Ron: “Watching you two trying to hook up has been the best part of the evening. Let us know how the Tiger analysis went.”

    OK, I think I’ve got the area scoped out and I have a view of all possible meeting places for them from up here. I don’t have any physical descriptions, but I have a good sense of their writing styles so I’m confident I’ll be able to ID them. I’ll report back when subjects are in sight.

    by Coleman on Aug 11, 2008 at 11:24 pm

  75. Willis is 0-3 in Lakeland, Inge is hitting .217, Sheffield sucks and isn’t running out grounders. Ladies and gentlemen, these 2009 Tigers are owed more next year than the entire Florida Marlins payroll.

    Serenity now, serenity now!

    by stephen on Aug 11, 2008 at 11:54 pm

  76. Not running out ground balls is the ultimate slap in the face to fans and an extreme display of disrespect to them. One could argue that it is the fan’s moral obligation to boo such actions. So I applaud the boos.

    by greg on Aug 12, 2008 at 12:04 am

  77. That last line in the Jason Beck link above says all you need to know about Gary Sheffield. He doesn’t care. Unbelievable. What a leader. He’s practically William Wallace.

    by Chris in Nashville on Aug 12, 2008 at 12:33 am

  78. Charlie: Sheffield may not have had a hit, but it is unfair to criticize him without taking into account the kind of pitching he gets. If you watched tonight, it was obvious the pitchers threw every pitch with the intention of eventually getting him OUT. From one pitch to the next he had no idea if he was going to see a ball or a strike, a high pitch or low, a fastball or slow curve–I mean YOU try hitting under those circumstances…

    Not to mention he is still not fully recovered from his oblique-off with Inge, and has the new problem with his legs, where they have begin to fill up with lazy.

    And then to have Leyland throw him under the bus, and tell everyone, PUBLICALLY, that Sheffield had been playing DH, when everyone knows the Tigers have the league’s worst DH stats… like they aren’t gonna put 2 and 2 together…thanks coach.

    by Coleman on Aug 12, 2008 at 2:39 am

  79. I left in the 8th inning. I NEVER leave before the game is over. I can’t take it any more.

    by cib on Aug 12, 2008 at 8:11 am

  80. Gotta love Leyland’s comments. What an idiot.

    “Leyland chalked up his lackluster performance against Toronto to the 130-pitch outing he had last week against the Chicago White Sox.

    ‘He just had a dead arm,’ Leyland said.”

    Gee coach, why was he out there for 130 pitches?

    by Ryan P on Aug 12, 2008 at 8:35 am

  81. Tigers fans have become more interesting than the team. Is that good or bad?

    by Sean C. in Illinois on Aug 12, 2008 at 9:02 am

  82. “Gotta love Leyland’s comments. What an idiot.”

    After reading Leyland’s comments on Sheffield’s latest, it occurred to me how careful, measured, and tactful Leyland’s reaction was. Go back to Leyland’s reaction to Guillen’s “That’s not fair to us” and Inge “popping off” and Grilli’s comments on the clubhouse atmosphere, where JL was just seething, and compare. Gary is to be admired for being just like JL and saying what he feels, supposedly. Doesn’t apply to others, I guess. Gary can pop off when he’s hitting .220.

    One more piece of evidence that JL is gutless, bipolar, or both, just like his li’l buddy.

    by Sean C. in Illinois on Aug 12, 2008 at 9:13 am

  83. 2008 AVG. RUN SUPPORT FOR STARTERS

    Miner 9.00
    Bonine 6.17
    Galarraga 5.94
    Robertson 5.38
    Bonderman 5.23
    Rogers 4.51
    Verlander 3.98

    by Sean C. in Illinois on Aug 12, 2008 at 10:30 am

  84. Just for fun, since Sheffield and Verlander seem to be the men of the hour:

    SHEFFIELD IN VERLANDER STARTS

    15 GAMES (of 25 JV starts), .170/.391/.234 = .625 OPS

    8 HITS IN 47 AB, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 R, 2 SB, 3 GDP, 16 BB

    Strangely, a full 41% of Sheffield’s walks on the season have come in these 15 games. It’s not exactly Sheffield’s fault that he’s been on base 25 times here and scored only once. So who is the king of stranding him? Tune in later and find out!

    by Sean C. in Illinois on Aug 12, 2008 at 11:12 am

  85. “I left in the 8th inning. I NEVER leave before the game is over.”

    I don’t get it.

    Oh – they played NINE last night. But why?

    by Sean C. in Illinois on Aug 12, 2008 at 11:14 am

  86. Sheffield looks like he is taking a page from Manny’s playbook. Dog it & mouth off = bye.

    by jim-mt on Aug 12, 2008 at 11:37 am

  87. cib, you could become a Dodger fan. They arrive in the third and leave in the seventh. And they have a shot at the playoffs.

    by ron on Aug 12, 2008 at 11:39 am

  88. Sean C., verrry interesting run support stat.. Could they be dogging it somewhat when the big names pitch, still in 06′ mode.

    by ron on Aug 12, 2008 at 11:48 am

  89. Las Vegas bloggers night featuring Ken and Kevin was a booming success. Where the hell were the rest of you? We didn’t actually figure anything out regarding the Tiger’s struggles, but we did figure out how to score ribs AND half a chicken for only $7.99. In case any of you were wondering what Kevin in Austin (actually Dallas) looks like, just imagine if Pete Sampras and Mark Fidrych had a kid together.

    Thanks for the dinner, Kevin. Good times.

    by Ken in Las Vegas on Aug 12, 2008 at 12:02 pm

  90. Sean C. 41 percent of Sheffield’s walks have come in 15 of JV’s starts may not be as strange as you think. Could be some type of correlation there. Someone like Coleman, who thinks outside the box, might be able to come up with an answer.

    by ron on Aug 12, 2008 at 12:13 pm

  91. Ken, really nice post. Thanks.

    by ron on Aug 12, 2008 at 12:22 pm

  92. A quick little game of “You Know.”

    You Know . . .

    . . . the Tigers season is over when game threads at the wonderful Detroit Tigers Weblog consistently draw less than 100 posts per game.

    . . . the 2008 season is virtually (even if it’s not mathematically) finished when folks go watch the demolition of Tiger Stadium after a Tigers game so they can cheer themselves up.

    Any other ideas? ;)

    by Andrew on Aug 12, 2008 at 12:52 pm

  93. Oh, Sheffield scored 2 runs in his 15 games played during Verlander starts. He drove himself in with a HR. Otherwise, he was on base (excluding a fielder’s choice) 24 times but scored only once.

    Magglio is the undisputed king of stranding/not advancing Sheffield the runner during Verlander starts. 11 times. No one else comes close. Now you know.

    EDIT: Can’t leave out this vital factoid. Pudge is (was) the only Tiger to drive in Sheffield the runner during any Verlander start.

    by Sean C. in Illinois on Aug 12, 2008 at 1:05 pm

  94. Ron: Yeah, I’m thinking Coleman could make some kind of sense out of Sheffield walking so much in JV starts. Or at least a good joke.

    by Sean C. in Illinois on Aug 12, 2008 at 1:15 pm

  95. ‘Could they be dogging it somewhat when the big names pitch, still in 06′ mode.’

    Well, since JV is the nominal ace, it could be that the Tigers just tend to face better pitchers when he’s on the mound.

    by Sean C. in Illinois on Aug 12, 2008 at 1:19 pm

  96. “Wow, Ron. Wow. Complaining about Miguel Cabrera even though he hit a homer because he’s left 4 on? Brutal.”

    No, not quite brutal. Killing 2 potential big innings in a 7-2 loss counts against you even when you hit a solo shot later, not that anyone would seriously complain about a HR, especially the one Cabrera hit.

    by Sean C. in Illinois on Aug 12, 2008 at 1:26 pm

  97. The brutal thing is:

    Blue Jays score 4 runs in an entire series against the Indians, and as many in the first four innings against the Tigers.

    Tigers = Slide Stoppers

    Losing streak? No problem. Tigers are on the schedule.

    This team isn’t very fun to watch right now.

    by T Smith on Aug 12, 2008 at 1:52 pm

  98. I can do neither of those Sheffield things. Or were there 3? I can do treither of those things. Because I am having too difficult a hard time figuring out which player is actually Sheffield and which is his twin, although I have figured out that his twin hits with more power. But how does that help you if you see one of them standing on the street?

    The Oblique Twins (Identical)

    Sheff 10 HR 33 RBI .219 BA .321 OBP .371 SLG
    Inge 10 HR 33 RBI .217 BA .320 OBP .421 SLG

    Complained to the press about not being able to play the position he wanted: both

    Missed time in June with pulled Oblique muscle: both

    Gets nothing but difficult pitches to hit: both.

    So I think that slugging % is the only way to tell them apart, since the Inge-sheff has the same numbers as the Sheff-Inge, but in fewer at bats.

    Oh also apparently the Sheff-Inge one has a leg or two full of lazy when he runs to first.

    by Coleman on Aug 12, 2008 at 1:59 pm

  99. Wow, that’s…freaky.

    by Ryan P on Aug 12, 2008 at 2:02 pm

  100. See, but if they are identical twins why does the Inge-Sheff get to play in the field all the time, and the Sheff-Inge only gets to DH? They should at least have to take turns. Now I’m starting to think maybe he has a point after all…

    by Coleman on Aug 12, 2008 at 2:18 pm

  101. I think if I were a DH and realized that at the 2/3 point of the season I was indistinguishable from Inge, I would feel some shame. Or at least I would think it was shame, but that feeling would only be the introduction to shame, the shame part would come when the sentence finished, “except Inge has more power.”

    by Coleman on Aug 12, 2008 at 2:22 pm

  102. So… since Magglio refuses to hit with Sheffield on base during Verlander starts, is he completely anti-Verlander?

    Magglio Ordonez during JV starts:

    .321/.354/.577 = .931 OPS

    22 GAMES, 25 HITS IN 78 AB, 5 HR, 9 RBI(!), 9 R, 4 BB(!)

    So Magglio pads his stats without being truly productive, and eschews walks as well. It’s a subtle, almost indiscernible way of saying “I no care for you, Hoosteen Verlanquez.”

    Is it any wonder Verlander is 8-12? Will no one help the man?

    by Sean C. in Illinois on Aug 12, 2008 at 2:31 pm

  103. “I would feel some shame.”

    You would find some shame mitigation in the fact that you were being unjustly platooned and otherwise deprived of your natural leadership role, your birthright, as it were.

    I wonder how Ordonez, Polanco, and Renteria feel about their platoon situations. Widespread unrest could be imminent.

    by Sean C. in Illinois on Aug 12, 2008 at 2:40 pm

  104. Verlander is 8-13 now, I guess. OK.

    by Sean C. in Illinois on Aug 12, 2008 at 2:42 pm

  105. “I wonder how Ordonez, Polanco, and Renteria feel about their platoon situations. Widespread unrest could be imminent.”

    None of them though have to put up with the unbearable feeling of having your twin favored over you.

    by Coleman on Aug 12, 2008 at 2:55 pm

  106. “the unbearable feeling of having your twin favored over you.”

    Not only that, but it’s a classic case of The Man pitting 2 proud black men against each other. Inge-Sheff has long been in denial of his blackness, but fairly soon the time will tell. Oh you, telling me the things you’re gonna do for me. Sheff ain’t blind and he don’t like what he thinks he sees.

    I wonder if Inge can sing like Michael McDonald. That would be another good reason to trade him.

    by Sean C. in Illinois on Aug 12, 2008 at 3:06 pm

  107. By the way, the name “Renteria” can be sung to the tune of “Yah Mo Be There.”

    by Sean C. in Illinois on Aug 12, 2008 at 3:08 pm

  108. Renteria needs to be sung to something far more horrid. I can’t make any sort of Renteria-appropriate phrase fit the tune universally reviled as “Muskrat Love;” but he shouldn’t relax because there are other songs out there….

    by Coleman on Aug 12, 2008 at 3:21 pm

  109. Hey, I like “Muskrat Love,” at least the America version.

    Here, let’s try the universally mocked “Feelings” (Morris Albert):

    Edgar, nothing more than Edgar,
    Trying to forget that Edgar’s at short.
    Groundballs, getting to the outfield,
    Trying to imagine baseball’s his sport.

    Edgar, oh, all of us resent you.
    I wish they’d never traded Jair; he’ll never come again.

    Edgar, wo-o-o Edgar,
    wo-o-o, Edgar, one more GDP.

    Edgar, feelings like you never came here
    And feelings like you’ll never be here, replacing CG

    Edgar, this year and next they’ll start you.
    I wish they’d never got you, boy; you’ll never go away.

    Edgar, is your last name Renteria?
    Or is it really Diarrhea? It’s so hard to tell.

    Edgar, wo-o-o Edgar,
    wo-o-o, Edgar, go play for the Sox.
    Edgar…(repeat & fade – if only…)

    by Sean C. in Illinois on Aug 12, 2008 at 4:11 pm

  110. After reading Leyland’s comments on Sheffield’s latest, it occurred to me how careful, measured, and tactful Leyland’s reaction was. Go back to Leyland’s reaction to Guillen’s “That’s not fair to us” and Inge “popping off” and Grilli’s comments on the clubhouse atmosphere, where JL was just seething, and compare. Gary is to be admired for being just like JL and saying what he feels, supposedly. Doesn’t apply to others, I guess. Gary can pop off when he’s hitting .220.

    One more piece of evidence that JL is gutless, bipolar, or both, just like his li’l buddy.

    It’s a completely different situation. Sheffield was talking about himself. Inge/Guillen/Grilli were talking about team things, other players, and the clubhouse in general.

    He’ll let a player hang himself in the press, but not his teammates. It has nothing to do with being gutless or bipolar.

    by billfer on Aug 12, 2008 at 6:15 pm

  111. “He’ll let a player hang himself in the press, but not his teammates. It has nothing to do with being gutless or bipolar.”

    Good point.

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