Game 2013.5: Yankees at Tigers

Now that was a Hope Opener.

Like most of you, I surmise, I came into baseball consciousness well before the internet, streaming scores and instant updates. Growing up in Arlington, the only way I could get Tigers scores was to maybe catch a glimpse on the evening news (if I was allowed to stay up that late), or hopefully catch the “out of town scores” during the Rangers radio broadcast. I didn’t understand how they got those scores, but I wasn’t complaining. I don’t remember the TV guys being too concerned with the AL East back in the day (or AL Central post 1994). Typically, I did not get the Tigers score until the next morning when it was a race against my brother downstairs to grab the sports page and dive into the box scores. I used to stare at them for what seemed like an hour a day.

Then, however, there was the magic of the ballpark – and the out of town scoreboard. I didn’t quite understand how, but ballparks had mystical powers which allowed them to get updated scores every inning! And they would even let you know who was pitching (if you knew their numbers)! I yearned to see the wormhole in time which allowed the scoreboard guy at Arlington Stadium to get instant score updates; but I was content to just watch the numbers roll over.

Well, I went out to the Ballpark yesterday, and thanks to cell phone connectivity issues in crowded places, I was transported back to my childhood and found myself scoreboard watching. And it was fantastic.

2-0. Nice start.

2-3!?! I hate the Yankees!

5-3!!! There must have been a home run, right? 5th inning – I wonder if one of the big boys hit one out? Did Cabrera get another RBI?

6-3! That was fast. Maybe a solo shot? A double then single? Not enough time to load the bases and WP one in. When did I last check the scoreboard?

8-3. Final. I couldn’t wait to get home and read about it.

Just like I had hoped.

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Remember that today’s game is the Fox Game of the Week.

1. Jackson, CF
2. Hunter, RF
3. Cabrera, 3B
4. Fielder, 1B
5. Martinez, DH
6. Dirks, LF
7. Peralta, SS
8. Avila, C
9. Santiago, 2B

48 Comments

  1. TIGERS RULE

    April 6, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    It looks like Smokey is still senile … look at the numbers Infante has put up so far this year … and Smokey puts Santiago in instead … what an idiot!!! He costs the Tigers at least 5 games a year with his incompetent management.

    • The Strategy Expert

      April 6, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      And the Yankees will use a Catcher as a backup infielder due to a depleted bench with Nunez out a couple games from bruised biceps.

    • Vince in MN

      April 6, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      He wants to get them all playing time early. Whether that is necessary by game 5 is open for debate. I’m guessing Pena starts tomorrow.

      • Coleman

        April 6, 2013 at 5:28 pm

        Define “playing” (having seen Santiago’s first 2 ABs).

        • Kevin in Dallas

          April 6, 2013 at 5:46 pm

          Leyland’s players love him b/c he plays everyone. I don’t agree with it, but I get it. And it seems to work. I’d bet money that Pena starts tomorrow.

          • Vince in MN

            April 6, 2013 at 6:07 pm

            Define “works” (having seen Santiago’s first 3 ABs).

          • Jeff Molby

            April 6, 2013 at 6:12 pm

            Avila’s wife is going to give birth any minute now. 100% chance Pena starts tomorrow.

          • The Strategy Expert

            April 6, 2013 at 6:14 pm

            Leyland said today during an interview that Pena is playing tomorrow.

  2. Only Tiger Fan in Mississppi

    April 6, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Have the Cards v. Giants on the local Fox channel so I am going solo with Dan and Jim.

    • Coleman

      April 6, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Same here…after cursing MLB for a while for their stupid MLB.TV game blackouts.

      • Jeff Molby

        April 6, 2013 at 6:13 pm

        hint: Proxy server

        • Coleman

          April 6, 2013 at 7:49 pm

          Doesn’t help with the “Nationally Televised” game, does it? Or does it? (foreign country IP).

          • Jeff Molby

            April 7, 2013 at 1:58 am

            Good point. Never tried it on a national game. Foreign might work. Try Canadian or Caribbean.

  3. Kevin in Dallas

    April 6, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Finally some RISP hits.

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississppi

      April 6, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      And the Yankees go with Logan again against the Prince!

    • Kevin in Dallas

      April 6, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      R3L20 score.

      • Only Tiger Fan in Mississppi

        April 6, 2013 at 5:51 pm

        Batting Dirks with 2 KS?

        • Only Tiger Fan in Mississppi

          April 6, 2013 at 5:52 pm

          Give the guy a much needed hit!

  4. Coleman

    April 6, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    We’ve got a legitimate shot at seeing a sombrero presentation today.

  5. Vince in MN

    April 6, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    How do you not swing at a pitch right down the heart of the plate with 2 strikes?

    • The Strategy Expert

      April 6, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      By not being a good hitter and/or also not being coached well.

      Leyland did an interview pre-game and said Santiago is a “big part of this team” however. I would like to know who else is a big part and which players aren’t a big part. This is a player who would be a full-time starter for us if he could only run, according to Leyland.

      Not sure how a guy who can’t hit and can’t run is such a big part of our team, I find that to be pretty sad. Not to mention being overpaid to perform horribly.

  6. judpma

    April 6, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    The bottom of the order is slowing rounding into midseason form…good thing the top is on this weekend

  7. Coleman

    April 6, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Uh oh.

  8. judpma

    April 6, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Side note. Here’s how the Indians are so much smarter than the Tigers…they have Rayburn on their roster but the don’t play him!y

    • Vince in MN

      April 6, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      1 for 3 with an outfield assist tonight.

  9. Vince in MN

    April 6, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    I’m surprised Leyland didn’t go with Downs to face Overbay there. That’s what I would have done anyway. On the other hand, maybe AlAl is the long man for today.

  10. Kevin in Dallas

    April 6, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    6.74 – guess what this is.

    • Vince in MN

      April 6, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      Kevin, you should be ashamed of yourself. This is a family site.

  11. Vince in MN

    April 6, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Good for Dirks. Sometimes a little luck is what it takes to get a guy going.

  12. judpma

    April 6, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Wait….6.74…i thought Kevin was posting the price of gas here in California

  13. Coleman

    April 6, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    I thought 6.74 hours was the average length of a Yankees – Red Sox game.

  14. Coleman

    April 6, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    That was a close call! (The sombrero is carefully returned to its box).

    • Vince in MN

      April 6, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      Meat of the order coming up in the eighth, he could get another shot.

  15. Vince in MN

    April 6, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Given Santiago’s proficiency with the stick, I would have had him bunting there. A hit and run with Avila on first just never would have occurred to me.

    • Coleman

      April 6, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      And you said Kevin was bad.

  16. Vince in MN

    April 6, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Anybody know what the record is for consecutive games with an RBI? Miggy has one in each of the first 5 games is what made me think of it.

    • The Strategy Expert

      April 6, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      I think it is 17 by Oscar Grimes in 1922.

      Speaking of stats, I really liked the time they spent on the air today doing a basic overview of what OPS is and how it works, and then they spent a little bit of time talking about WAR. It’s about time that they start trying to talk about the stats a little bit more.

      • Vince in MN

        April 6, 2013 at 7:38 pm

        Even though there is some question of the viability of some of the sabermetric formulas, they do seem to be getting more accurate and they definitely have opened up different ways to look at the game, which certainly makes for more interesting discussions than just using the old traditional measures. It’s kind of funny though, as lately OPS and WAR especially have come under some scrutiny for not being accurate enough measures. It’s possible that by the time they become part of the day to day conversation, they could be as obsolete as some of the older ones are looking to be now.

      • Vince in MN

        April 6, 2013 at 7:46 pm

        Oscar Grimes in ’22. If so, that would be even more amazing, being the dead ball era.

        • Coleman

          April 6, 2013 at 7:50 pm

          As opposed to Oscar Gamble, who played in the live hair era.

          • Vince in MN

            April 6, 2013 at 8:00 pm

            • Smoking Loon

              April 7, 2013 at 5:04 am

              Very nice Oscar exchange there. I’m nominating you guys for an Oscar.

              • Coleman

                April 7, 2013 at 10:35 am

                That would be wild.

  17. Vince in MN

    April 6, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Leyland to Lamont strategy discussion: “Let’s surprise them and have Prince steal third”.

    • The Strategy Expert

      April 6, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      It was one of those instinctual moments. Leyland had a visit from an old baseball ghost last night that told him to keep an eye out for an opportunity like that. It was only a foot or two short of being amazing and graceful. Maybe next time.

    • Coleman

      April 6, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      I think Prince did that on his own. Something about making it home in time for the Michigan-Syracuse game.

  18. Only Tiger Fan in Mississppi

    April 6, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    That throw out at the plate by Hunter helped turn things around. Al would be proud!

  19. Vince in MN

    April 6, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Thumped ‘em good the first two games. This is the kind of offense we have been expecting to see. Hope they can keep it up and do it again tomorrow.