Tracking The Tigers- A Fan’s Dilemma
By Ken DeLaat
Ok, look Tigers….
I truly adore you guys and root for you whether in front of the tube or driving in my car or on those rare but magical moments when I enter the gates of that cathedral of baseball called Comerica Park (forever known to me as Not Tiger Stadium) for an up close look.
But we’re all rather busy these days and to spend time...
... catching every game is like deciding to play golf every day when it comes to eating up the precious wakened hours-fun for sure but it’s a large chunk of time every day and one could always find a better use for the time than polishing one’s cursing skills, correct?
So I skip games. Sometimes in bunches and then get kind of wrapped up in things being a chronic uni-tasker who can easily become so preoccupied with more mundane matters such as the rest of my life’s various responsibilities and recreational pursuits that I can lose track of how my favorite ball team is doing.
But hey, I was keeping up with your recent surge and got a little giddy as you inched your way into one of the wild card slots and hovered just a couple games back of the first place Indians last week.
Then one of those busy times caught up with me and I let a few games slip by without paying much attention and so Saturday morning, just a few short days since I was making plans for playoff tickets, I grab a look at the standings and find you’ve suddenly dropped 5 straight?
You’re killing me, guys.
In early May you were only staring up at one team, a White Sox squad we all knew were going to fade. You were poised for a run, sitting at 4 games over .500 and heading to Cleveland to put a dent in the Indians hopes and then….
You dropped 7 straight, squeaked out a win thanks to the budding ace-in-waiting Michael Fullmer then lost 5 more times and became mired deep down in the Central standings.
Regrouping again, you won 8 out of 9 and things were starting to look a tad rosier, but no, you went and got beat 5 out of 6. Of course this was followed up by winning 6 of 7.
This season has been a roller coaster ride on the scale of Cedar Point’s Millennium Force and while 48 games remain and there’s always a glimmer of a chance for another torrid run or two, I can see it’s to be a rocky road for we fans particularly since seemingly half the squad has recently gone on the DL.
But we shall see.
In the meantime I figure perhaps I might need to focus a little more attention on them. Not, of course, because of any kind of wild and twisted notion that my surveillance would in any way help the team, since there’s little psychic energy to compare with say, possessing the ability to toe the rubber every 5th day and toss blanks at the opposition.
But just in case, I’m going to try and take a little more time and grab an inning or two of each game.
Tried it last night and they broke the streak with a 2-0 win.
Of course I can’t take all the credit. Matt Boyd’s gem of a pitching performance certainly didn’t hurt.
But at least I did my small part.
"The great thing about baseball is there’s a crisis every day."-Gabe Paul