links for 2009-08-25


  1. Stephen

    August 25, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Yeah, the thing to do when you are mired in a second half slump and have achy knees is spend 10-12 hours of your limited down time in a tattoo parlor! Seriously, this is America if he wants to get ‘strikeouts’ and ‘.237’ tattooed on his arms that’s fine. But getting that much ink is a serious endeavor and runs a slight but significant risk of infection. Get it done during the off-season, not while your season is imploding around you. Even for a jock, Inge is one of the least self-aware players I’ve come across. Complaining about having to catch after hitting .205, accepting an all-star bid when his knees are supposed to be in terrible shape AND participating in the Home Run Derby and now spending his free time getting massive tatoos.
    Actually, Inge really is this Tigers team in a nutshell.

    • Kathy

      August 25, 2009 at 1:42 pm

      CHECK on the right arm, SWING on the left arm probably would be more appropriate.

      • Kevin in Dallas

        August 25, 2009 at 2:42 pm

        Brilliant Kathy!

      • Stephen

        August 25, 2009 at 3:30 pm

        Yes Kathy, well played.

    • Keith (Mr. X)

      August 25, 2009 at 2:20 pm

      Inge practically carried our offense in April and May. We probably wouldn’t be in 1st place if not for him. He’s one of the few guys who does great things for the team, the fans, and the for the good of the game. I think it’s unfair to trash him just because he has a lower than average batting average. His accomplishments this season are well documented and they are well deserved for all the hard work he’s put in.

      • Stephen

        August 25, 2009 at 3:29 pm

        You’re right Mr X, he did carry the offense in April. So that means Inge carried the Tigers for one month and the Tigers have carried Inge for the other 60 months of his career. Not the greatest ratio.

  2. Stephen

    August 25, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Sorry, my angst got me a little away from the facts. He hit .236 the year before they asked him to be a catcher again. My mistake.

  3. rings

    August 25, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    LOL! Loved the post from “Rogo” on the link:
    “He should have got them on the small of his back. That way, he and the majority of his fans would have something in common.”

    But seriously, these sentiments are nothing new. He’s still a liability at the plate and an occasional airhead, for all his flashy glovework.

  4. Ken in Vegas

    August 25, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    I’m amazed that our division lead (in terms of games ahead of 2nd place) has had so little fluctuation for so long. Can any of the stat heads tell me when the last time our lead was not between 1.5 games and 3.5 games? Or maybe 2 and 4 is the better spread for this thought. It’s just fascinating that no team has gone on a lasting run, in either direction, that would cause some seperation or shift in standings or whatever.

    • RPS

      August 25, 2009 at 4:23 pm

      Division lead of 1.0 game on 8/5.
      Division tied on 7/23.
      Division lead of 4.0 games on 6/30

  5. jim-mt

    August 25, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Hey, Inge is batting .540 with bases loaded, so let’s load them up. And at least he isn’t doing the check-swing strikeout as much.

  6. Ken in Vegas

    August 25, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Thanks, RPS. I didn’t realize that the division was tied as recently as 7/23. How quickly my memory fades. We just have to keep on battling. Every win from here on out makes it just a little bit harder for the teams trailing us.

  7. Coleman

    August 25, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    After some preliminary research into the Inge tattoos, this is still the best word I can come up with: absurd.

    But hey, nobody ever claimed the guy was a genius…the Glove cannot be worn by the Mind, as the good Admiral used to say…

    • David

      August 25, 2009 at 9:42 pm

      I’m not backing up Inge, just trying to understand how “low intelligence” (whatever that means), correlates with/or causes one to ink oneself.

      As a fan of the guy and the team, I think he should be DLed for maybe 15ish days OR only used sparingly against pitchers he has an insanely good history against.

      It is obvious that he is hurting. A broken/badly battered Inge, or anyone for that matter is better off healing and coming back strong vs. playing in severe pain.

      Even gold glove D (which hasn’t looked quite as great lately)/”some clutchiness” won’t rescue/offset the horrid production at the plate he has had.

      They need to think both short term(making it in) and long term (ie playoffs). Although he is only 32 you’ve got to try and get him somewhat healthy again.

      I’m not a MD, but can imagine that taking the everyday stress off his knees could only help his body heal itself.

  8. Coleman

    August 25, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    I wasn’t referring to the inking, I was referring to the comment that he got them because he was “bored,” which it looks like was, um, spurious, let’s say