October 7th, 2009
Jason Beck / MLB.com
After a day to try to get over Tuesday’s loss, Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski is going to talk with the media Thursday morning. However, media relations is emphasizing, it’s NOT a press conference. It’s a media availability. A press conference after the end of a season, of course, usually means that something’s going down. At the moment, that does not appear to be the case, at least not for anything big enough to warrant a press conference.
Nonetheless, what Dombrowski says Thursday should be very interesting. He didn’t say a whole lot during September, so we don’t know a lot about his views on the division lead that slipped away. We can gather his feelings on the Miguel Cabrera situation. He has been pretty up-front about his opinions at past seasons’ end, especially last year.
Not that Tigers fans needed any more shocking news, but news came out yesterday that former pitcher Brian Powell is dead at age 35. He apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
From the story in his local paper, the Post-Standard in Georgia:
Powell was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 1995 and continued playing professional baseball until retiring in 2005.
He owned and operated South Georgia Sports in downtown Bainbridge and attended Bainbridge Church of God.
Following Powell’s funeral service, interment will follow at West
Bainbridge Cemetery with Jason Andrews, Pete Arenas, Rodney Close, Stan
Killough, Greg McDonald and Chris Bibby serving as active pallbearers.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ivey
Funeral Home, which is in charge of services.
Born Oct. 10, 1973, in Bainbridge, Mr. Powell died Monday, Oct. 5,
at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare after a self-inflicted gunshot.
He was preceded in death by his father, Larry Powell.
Survivors include his wife, Glee Putnal Powell of Bainbridge; his
son, Will Powell of Bainbridge; his daughters, Chloe and Bree Powell,
both of Bainbridge; his mother, Brenda Ingram Powell of Bainbridge; his
sister, Leah Bibby of Bainbridge; his maternal grandmother, Jewel
Addison Powell of Bainbridge; three nieces, one nephew and several
aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Bainbridge Church of God.
Before anyone second-guesses Jim Leyland on his decision to send closer Fernando Rodney back out for the 12th inning after he entered for the final two outs of the ninth, keep this in mind: Rodney called it.
He told his manager he wanted to go back out.
“He said he wanted one more,” manager Jim Leyland said, “so I had to give it to him. He’s a horse. I don’t have any problem with that.”
Rodney was at 36 pitches entering the 12th, already one off his season high. But it was also a must-win situation, and he felt like he had it in his arm.
“I’ve never seen something like that,” Rodney said of that game. “I feel ready to go. I say one more.”
Rodney’s 48th and final pitch hit 95 mph.
The way Brandon Inge was ranging around third base Tuesday night, one would’ve thought his knee felt the best it had in months. Truth is, however, that it was the worst he has felt it, maybe all year.
This was Inge’s game to push his knee to the breaking point if he had to. He has all offseason to recover.
“It was last game,” Inge said. “It could be last game, so I’m leaving it all on that field, whether my kneecaps blow off. Actually, to be honest with you, it was one of the more painful games that I’ve played in, by far. I just blocked it out. I put my team first and tried to do what I could.”
Two stellar stops stand out. One was Matt Tolbert’s leadoff single in the third inning, which brought out one of those diving stops down the line that seemed almost routine before the knee injuries. He hit the ground down the line to stop it, then got up enough to fire across the infield and at least make a play. Tolbert beat it out, but the play was impressive nonetheless. Plus, pushing off that painful left knee, those are the ones that usually give him the most pain.
Then, of course, came Inge’s diving stop towards the hole to rob Orlando Cabrera of a potential go-ahead single in the ninth.
“I could give you 20 instances [of pain],” Inge said. “Me personally, looking on the game, I know that I felt everything on the field. The funny thing is, it’s not only me. I can look at every guy on the team, and everyone played their heart out. Sadly, it’s over.”
Now that it’s over, he’s going to have time to get his knees fixed. Depending on what more doctors find in there, it could be as simple as allowing the knees to rest for a long period, or it could involve surgery, potentially major if the microtears have been more like regular tears.
Miguel Cabrera was looked devastated on television when reporters interviewed him after the game. Once the cameras left, he might’ve been even worse.
He sounded like he was blaming the loss on himself.
“I don’t know what to say right now,” Cabrera said. “I feel bad.”
It was difficult to make out what he was saying because he was so emotional, so it was hard to tell if he was blaming his hitting — later in the game after his double and two-run homer in his first two at-bats — or his run-in with authorities Saturday becoming a distraction.
Still, it sounded like he was ready to move on. Asked if he might spend his offseason getting his life in order, Cabrera seemed to agree.
“Yeah, I think I’m going to,” Cabrera said, trying to find the term.
Right now, though, he’s going to go through a pretty tough time.
“It’s very tough, very tough,” Cabrera said. “It’s a very tough loss.”
At that point, Cabrera broke down.