Detroit Tigers And Todd Jones

     I am not a sports writer, I do not want to be a sports writer, and I am not trying to be a sports writer now. I am a baseball fan, more specific, a Detroit Tigers fan, and I have a legitimate gripe.

     I had the pleasure of spending this evening, and early night, with my wife, down at Comerica Park, home of the Tigers. The weather was very pleasant, a good sized crowd, we sat on the third base side up in the upper deck, and enjoyed ourselves.

     The Tigers got the lead early with a run, then a grand slam which really electrified the crowd and they had the lead going into the bottom of the ninth.

     With a 3 run cushion, Tigers manager, Jim Leyland, brought in the closer, Todd Jones, to protect the lead, end the game,  and send the fans home happy and the Tigers would also be .500 for the first time all season.

     Mr. Jones obviously hada different plan. He coughed up 4 runs to let the Colorado Rockies take the lead and get the entire stadium mad and boo him as he walked off the field.

     What is Jones’ deal? This guy pitches in such a manner to give a person with a good, strong heart a heart attack. He was quoted a couple years saying something along the lines of how he knows how he is. He will make a game interesting. If someone doesn’t like when he comes in, he wants them to get a sandwich, and by the time they return, he will have everything under control.

     Well not tonight, Jones!

     As I was on my feet, cheering with the fans, he had two strikes on the potential third out and game in the bag. He walked that guy.

     All hell broke loose from there.

     Four runs later, the Tigers were batting in the bottom of the ninth needing 2 runs to win.

     A base hit, a walk, and a double by Miguel Cabrera won the game for us in dramatic fashion. Finally at .500 ball team.

     I like Todd Jones. Don’t get me wrong. But I don’t know how much more of putting up with his style of pitching us Tiger fans can handle. He’s very talented. But I feel the Tigers need a closer who is more lights out and overpowering than him, but that is another blog for another day.

    

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2 Responses to “Detroit Tigers And Todd Jones”


  1. 1 Mark Ramsey July 25, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    I was at that game too. Tonight, 7/25/08, Jones once again gave up the lead and this time the team lost to the central-leading White Sox.

    This man is costing the team a shot at truly competing
    within the division. I am a real fan and it kills me to see the Tigers’ efforts go to waste because Leyland has a program he can’t seem to deviate from. If the Tigers trade for anyone, they need a real closer, not a has-been like Jones.

  2. 2 headslammer July 28, 2008 at 7:07 am

    You are absolutley correct as far as the possible trade goes. I have always thought since they got Cabrera and Willis that maybe they should have been thinking pitching, not adding to the lineup.

    My response to this is a little late, I had something going on, but since your comment, I think they are utilizing Rodney as their new closer. That’s fine and all, but is this a sign that maybe owner Illitch is cheap and won’t go get someone?


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