Feliciano, Carey to be part of Harwell tribute Monday

Jose Feliciano became a national headline after Ernie Harwell invited him to perform the national anthem at Tiger Stadium during the 1968 World Series. Paul Carey became Harwell’s partner in the broadcast booth for nearly two decades, their two voices forever linked.

Both remained near and dear to Harwell for the rest of his life. Both will be on hand at Comerica Park to celebrate his life Monday night.

Tigers officials confirmed that both will be part of their tribute to Harwell, the Hall of Fame broadcaster who passed away Tuesday at age 92. The presentation will take place prior to the 7:05 p.m. ET game against the Yankees.

In honor of Harwell, Feliciano will return to Detroit to perform the anthem. It was his slower, nontraditional interpretation of the Star Spangled Banner before Game 5 of the Fall Classic that generated controversy among veterans who called in to complain. It marked one of the first times that someone performed a different interpretation of the anthem at a sporting event.

Harwell was in charge of choosing performers for that series, and he later said he liked it. He was proven right, as Feliciano’s version of the anthem actually hit the Billboard singles charts once Feliciano released it. The two remained friends for the next four decades, and Harwell defended the performance for the rest of his life.

The 82-year-old Carey will return to the Tigers to take the mound for the ceremonial first pitch. Born in Mt. Plesant, Mich., Carey joined Harwell to share play-by-play duties on Tigers radio broadcasts in 1973. The two remained broadcast parnters until after the 1991 season.

Aside from the guest appearances, the Tigers plan to have a touching ceremony to honor their broadcaster of 42 seasons in what will undoubtedly be an emotional night. The patches with Harwell’s initials that adorned the Tigers’ road jerseys Wednesday will be on the home uniforms for the rest of the season. Much like George Kell last year, a flag bearing his initials will be raised in left-center field by former Tigers greats.

A video tribute will honor Harwell’s life and career, including his speech to fans last September. Fans in attendance Monday will receive a keepsake commemorating the evening.

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Jason – we will be at the game on Monday night – do you know what time they will start the memorial???

Obviously Jason has not made the Cleveland trip. I don’t understand why, as I heard somewhere that Cleveland rocks.
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So we were treated to an exhibition of hitting from both teams tonight, and that’s all it turned out to be: an exhibition game. None of it counts.
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Ryan Raburn is repeating the same mistake over and over again, that is, he always tried to make a big play out of everything. He doesn’t understand the concept of playing outfield. Keep the ball in front of you and if you do get it in your glove, throw to the correct base. He really needs to be removed from the outfield permanently. Marcus Thames could hit lefties AND play outfield properly. If Leyland keeps running RR out there, he really is subscribing to Dan’s aptly termed hope and dream strategy.
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I still can’t see how the starting rotation was supposed to be the strength of the team. We had Verlander and Porcello. That’s it. Could anyone tell me again what was the thinking on that assumption?
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Looks like they were on the verge of snow up in Twinkie-land.
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–Rich

Well said Rich.
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I was in the car when Raburn made his error so I don’t know what he did. But other than game 163 when he tried to make a spectacular play that cost us the game I don’t remember him making these kind of errors last year.
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The starting pitching is another big story. You have a 7-1 lead and you blow it in a matter of about 9 pitches. You say that we have Porcello – I am not sure about that he has been pretty bad this year. Hopefully he straightens it out. As far as I can tell Dontrelle is the only one that has an ERA before 4. Doesn’t say much does it?? I am waiting for Galarraga to come up. I haven’t checked his stats lately but he has got to be better than what is going on here right now. It is disgusting.

Well Bonderman won’t be complaining about the stats not counting.
Funny about Bonderman, I was just beginning to think that he is learning how to pitch. Before the 0-2 hit to Grudz (who always seems to hurt the Tigers), he was very good, very sharp. Pitching smarter. Then BOOM, he simply lost everything.
He has had some relatively good outings but is always prone to giving up big innings. A few years ago that would be int 1st inning but now it can be around innings 3 or 4 just as easily.
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Raburn had more trouble last year than just the big game. He is brutal on anything that is hit on a line either away from or toward him. Last night Rich was absolutley right about seeing that he was thinking about making the “big play”. He should have been thinking what the score was and that a big play was probably not even neccessary. Either form the standpoint of the score or from the standpoint of would the lead runner even bother to thry for home in that situation. He has himslef in the dubious spot of trying to make up for “yesterday’s” errors on any given play he is involved with. Damon is so much smarter and skilled as an outfielder. Too bad that RR spends a lot of time on the bench and that JL wants to give him PT in the field as well as at the plate. If he can’t make the plays, is a liability out there, then don’t play him. I can tell you one thing, it will more than likely get worse before it gets better.
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And please, DD, why don’t you find out which big league team needs good mitt/no hit shortstop. Because we don’t.
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I think Porcello will come round. He is just too gifted and too smart not to. The guy I worry about is Scherzer. He is the fulcrum in that pitching rotation. Willis and Bonderman are replaceable if need be. Right now they are as effective as anyone on the staff (and that is a sad state of affairs isn’t it). I didn’t expect the kinds of outings they have produced this year. They have been better than I thought ithey would be and actually both show glimpses of “comeback”. Fingers firmly crossed.
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Of course it would be a major relief to see back to back strong performances by JV. The team needs him to be a stopper today after the disappointing series in Minnesota.
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What a wonderful like Ernie Harewell must have had. He is so much part of the fabric of the Detroit ethos. So loved by all, That is surely a testament to a life well lived. Many of us will always hear his voice resonating from over the neighbour’s fence into our backyard. And from ours down the block the other way, and so on and on. We could play stick ball in the alleys and never miss a call on that radio. Didn’t matter if you were batting or playing deep center field, because there he was over to the right of you, on someones radio, telling you that the last fouldball in the stands was caught by a fan from “xxxxxxxx Michigan”!
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As expressed so eloquently in Mitch Albom’s book “Tuesdays with Morrie”:
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“As long as we can love each other, and remember the feeling of love we
had, we can die without ever really going away. All the love you created
is still there. All the memories are still there. You live on—in the
hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were
here……Death ends a life, not a relationship.”
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The way I like to think about it is that Ernie has simply passed on to call the game in extra innings.

When Raburn first came up last year, he was a butcher in the outfield. That combined with his 0-20 start at the plate had people up in arms. He smoothed out his outfield play some, but could still never be trusted out there. Ryan plays an acceptable secondbase and can pound lefties, but that’s where his value ends. He’s not a utility man. Maybe Clete Thomas is who we need at this point. It doesn’t appear that Kelly is going to play much at thirdbase.
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I hope tomorrow’s FSN pregame show will cover Felciano singing the anthem. I’d love to hear him fire that one up again. You all will think I’m making this stuff up, but I was at the Feliciano/anthem game too. It inspired me to create my own version on guitar, something I would have never considered. At the time he performed it, some people booed, some cheered, but nobody ignored it. The end of the song was met with……….noise. Everyone talking at once, I suppose. The indignation died down somewhat when people learned that Ernie had chosen Jose and was still backing him up afterward. Interesting times……..
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–Rich

Came across this on u-tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8PJpCkuU9s&feature=related It’s a video of George Kell in the locker room after the 68 clincher.

Oh really Knapp Scherzer has turned it around. How about you get off your butt a little earlier in the inning instead of waiting till they got four runs in and about 6 hits in one inning. Gosh that drives me crazy. Get off your butt and walk out to the mound and settle your pitcher down before a lot of damage has been done. This starting staff is pathetic I still say changes need to be made.

I sure hope the bottom of our lineup does not continue with thefrequency of it being harmless the way it has shown so far this year. Avila seemingly regained his stroke the other day only to just as suddenly lose it again. We just can’t have our SS, 2B and C all hitting .200 It’s brutal.
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I sure did not like the game plan with Zumaya yesterday. Made no sense to me.
He had a great inning and the next inning was when the Indians had all their big LHB coming up. I say be satisfied with the excellent inning of work he provide, bring Coke in to face the LHB and save Zumaya for the next day.
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Instead JL tries to squeeze a 2nd inning out of him. I don’t understand why he continues to do that. 1 from Joel is plenty. Especially when you have other late inning alternatives.

Not sure if Scherzer will be able to muck it through the middle of the order here in the 5th. Even if he is able to it might be his last inning.
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Wonder where we would be this year withough Action Jackson?

For the life of me, I don’t know why JL doesn’t know enough to pitch around Grudz. He consistently feast on Tiger pitchers especially in run producing situations.

Nothing like Tiger’s starting pitching to get your batting average up. This is ridiculous. Cleveland hitting couldn’t hit their way out of a box and this weekend they look like champs. Nothing like Detroit starters.!!!!

Grudz is hitting.430 agianst the tigers the last 3 years.
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Ni had Haffner struck out. Bad call by 3rd base ump and then the game is lost by having to bring in Perry, who struggles with the strike zone, as opposed to being able to use Zumaya who ha not ZERO bbs in 18+ IP
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All in all, a less than sharp performance by the team today.
MCab looks awkward out there today.
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Raburn is auditioning for Toledo along with Kelly. I think it is almost certain that Kelly will by the guy to go. Raburn’s RHB will be kept around. I would rather see the Tigers package Raburn up in a trade and get a decent everyday MLB shortstop. Willis has a big salary and he is pitching on borrowed time. But he has thrown some decent ball this year and who knows, maybe there is someone out there who would take a chance on a LHP for their rotation. I know I’m gettin’ way ahead of myself here but I don’t see this team being able to win with stop gap measures on their infield. OK, give Sizemore a shot but we need a power guy who produces down in the lineup from our 3rd baseman and we need a good, 4.5 to 5 tool guy playing short. Simple as that.

On the whole, I think this team has played about as well as it’s going to play. There are too many problems in the rotation and on defense. And there are four rookies in the starting lineup on most days, and that is their best lineup, believe it or not. It can be frustrating, but it may also be unrealistic to expect more.
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Scherzer is a prospect. A talented prospect who isn’t ready to pitch in the AL. If he’s our best prospect at this point, then it it what it is. If it was me, I’d like to stick Bonine in the rotation to give opponents a different look. They’d have to deal with Verlander, Porcello, Willis and Bonine. Four pitchers, four totally different styles. The organization is too enamored of oversized smoke-throwers.
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When Guillen returns, the smart move would be to send Boesch back down. Brennan needs to work on pitch selectivity and I’m not sure the major leagues is the best place to do that. He has a ton of potential, but it’s still potential.
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When our 7-8-9 hitters are Avila, Sizemore, and Santiago, I think that’s the best we can do within the organization at this point.
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We’re slightly above .500 with a slightly above average team. None of this should come as a surprise.
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–Rich

Our two ESPN televised games this week have Willis and Bondo on the mound against the Yankees.
This could be brutal but wonder if could get any worse than our starters still having the worst AL ERA of 5.71, a full .5 ERA worse than Bosox in 13 place and easily the lowest IP count. Our relievers continue to have the highest IP count and a ridiculously low ERA of 2.17 with only the Twins on 2.87 under 3.2 ERA.
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Noticed GMan is starting to lose control walking 8 the past 3 starts and his last start must have been particularly ugly giving up 7 ER’s over 4 IP.

Bondo is still throwing instead of pitching. I have more faith in Willis. Lots of people are talking about Bonine becoming a starter. I still can’t accept this is just a .500 team….maybe by August. But we have some real stars on our team with Cabrera, Valverde, Damon and Austin Jackson. Jackson, imo, will continue to be good and consistently good. I think he’s gonna be a Tiger for a long time.

Noticed Ian Kennedy had another good start for the DBacks, now putting up 6 good starts out of 7 and going into the 7th innings 4 times completing the 8th twice. I never understood the EJax / Curtis trade why we effectively gave up a SP for a RP in Schlereth. NY traded Coke, Ian Kennedy and AJax for Curtis.

I am making my first ever post to this blog. I am a long time Tigers fan, having lived in SE Michigan for 50+ years. I look forward to checking the Tigers web site and this blog every day, even during the offseason.
I have 2 Ernie Harwell stories to share. Each of them highlights Ernie’s professionalism and stature as a fantastic human being and as one of the classic baseball announcers of all time.
1. In 1977, I was a first year law student at U Mich. My roommate was a die hard Yankees fan. We listened to Ernie and Paul call many Tiger games that Fall, as a welcome break to the terrors of 1L law school. After the first few games, my roommate paid Ernie the highest compliment that any Yankee fan could make – he remarked that he had always thought the Yankees had the best broadcast team in baseball (I think Mel Allen was on the air at the time), but he had concluded that Ernie did the best job imagineable calling MLB games.
2. Dial ahead to 2005 and I’m coaching my oldest son’s youth league baseball team. The other coach was friends with the agent for Ernie and Tram (then the Tigers’ manager), so he got the two of them to come to the team picnic in the early afternoon on a Saturday when the Tigers played at night. Of course, all of the players and siblings and parents showed up to meet Ernie and Tram and to listen to their stories of MLB exploits. Tram had to leave by 1:30 or so to make it to the game. Ernie said he could stay a little longer and ended up staying 2 more hours, until every last person who wanted to chat with him on any subject had his chance. My 3 boys and I all came away with autographed baseballs that we treasure even more now that Ernie is gone. As we were driving home from the picnic, my wife said that the other dads and I looked like little boys waiting to see Santa Claus as we listened to Ernie’s fabulous stories and waited for our shot at a chat with Ernie. She captured that feeling well.
Lastly, I heard a wonderful quote from Vin Scully in one of the interviews he gave after Ernie’s passing. This is a paraphrase: “We’re tempted to say ‘May God bless you, Ernie’. But when we think about the life you led and all of the great things you did and all of people whose lives are better for having known you, even if only through the radio, we realize he already has.”
That’s enough for a first post. I have lots more to say about the comeraderie on this blog and about DD, JL and our favorite players, but I’ll save those thoughts for another day.
Mark
PS: Gotta figure out how to separate paragraphs the next time I post.

I meant to comment earlier about Ernie, now it will get caught up in the talk about how the team in playing. Anyway, I have told this story before. I was lucky to go to a game in 2001 and have a clubhouse pass. Of course in walked Mr. Harwell. One of the guys I was with said to Erine “could you sign my clubhouse pass?” He said yes and then like a gentleman said ” How about if I sit in this chair and you take a picture with all of you?” I am looking at the picture on my desk as I type this. My Mom and Aunt and 2 friends are going to the game tonight because they wanted to see Granderson. Now they get to see the tribute to Michigan’s #1 man. God Bless Ernie! –Dave

Welcome Mark, that was a great post, and what a terrific story, can you imagine having those guests? Trammell is my all time favorite baseball player, I think I would have passed out. How lucky for you to have a first hand Ernie Harwell moment!

After reading all of this, you realize that baseball really is a huge part of Americana.

Nice to read your post Mark.
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What I (and others) do to separate paragraphs is to put a period (you could use any character really), on a line all by itself and then hit .
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It does help to tidy up the posts. Hope you enjoy your Blog experieince here. There is a pretty solid group of fans from all over and all with different perspectives and demeanors.
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Jason will probably be back with a new entry tonight so I don’t know how many will read this one.
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Welcome Mark, if you see this. That’s a good Ernie story, and it’s amazing how many there are. I tried to catch him in 2002 at Camden Yards as he was on his “farewell” tour, but security was hustling me away since the game had ended. Looking back now, I guess I should have made a break for the pressbox. :-) I did get to briefly meet Ernie along about 1965 at Tiger Stadium.
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If the guys can’t elevate their level of play this week, it will be a long one. Funny thing is, the end of this homestand marks Sparky’s 40 game checkpoint criteria. I’m not sure we’ll know much more next Tuesday then we do now, but we’ll see how it goes.
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–Rich

I’m guessing Willis’ undisclosed illness is anxiety over playing the Yanks on National TV.

102 degree fever, according to MLive.

This should be a special night for Tigers fans, and all baseball fans alike.
–Mike
‘Minoring In Baseball’
http://burrilltalksbaseball.mlblogs.com

Poor Brad Thomas. I don’t see the guy succeeding simply because he walks too many batters. Hopefull, he can get a handle on this. Cost him today so far in terms of pitches, and also a bonus run.
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He does have decent stuff but does not seem to have the command it will take to succeed.

Wonder if Adam Everett does Karaoke? His song should be; “Please release me, let me go’.
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This guy will not hit even 1 dinger this year, and he may not hit .200 either. What’s the point?

I don’t think much of JL taking out Bonine right now. I guess he is worried about a wild pitch but we all know (and so does Marcus) what is coming. That could be trouble.

1st walk of the year for Zumaya.
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I know he is hot right now but c’mon JL, make him throw a curve ball—at least show it. He actually has a good one which can only help to set up that hard one. I don’t get it.
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He got the job done, but we all know what is going to happen if he is allowed to become a narrow-minded one pitch pitcher. JL has to intercede IMO. We’ve been lucky so far.

OK–at least he threw 1 of them.
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Another run or 2 here would be really nice. I would not be surprised if JL puts Coke in for the 8th

JL has made another mistake. Just as hardheaded as his pitcher is. he sure goes to the walll whit his “stars”.
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Granted ARod probably shouldn’t have been on but I would have had Coke come in, certainly after the ARod ht if not before.
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And now another walk. Foolish Leyland–absolutely foolish.
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The Blog site is funky again. Tried to post the above comments several times. No way do you keep trying to squeeze more out of Zumaya. He is a one inning pitcher.
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JL should have his head examined.
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Now Perry is being brought in and in my mind—again, no way. Especially against Jeter. He’s too wild and that is what Valverde should be able to do.

I sure hope the defense can hold it together in th 9th. Inge out of position on the ground ball to Everett, Everett clanking the ball on his diving try on ARod.
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The last guy I WOULD EXPECT TO COME THROUGH defensively bailed his manager out on that catch.

The last 2 games Zumaya has been dynamite …..for ONE inning. Then they get to him. PLUS you throuw him 2-, or even more ridiculous, 3 innings and you don’t have him available.
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Why not have someone virutally unhittable available for one critical inning virtually every game?

It won’t be easy for Jose. Should be interesting anyway. Fingers crossed on the infield D

Valverde is starting to spoil us!

That’s a good win. Now if we can keep those guys from taking three in a row from us, it will be a positive series of games.
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I was okay with Zumaya starting the 8th with A-Rod but I was thinking he should be lifted after the single. Coke for Cano and most definitely for Posada. Leyland nearly cut his own throat there.
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As it was, it was the DP that Cabrera fumbled away that caused JL to bring in Zoom one inning early. Another play not made (PNM) was Inge on the DP chance earlier. Fortunately, that one “only” cost Thomas 7-8 extra pitches. This stuff has GOT to be cleaned up or we are going nowhere. That’s a plain and simple fact. JL says errors don’t bother him. Do botched opportunities to save his overworked pitching staff bother him?
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If Boesch keeps hitting like this, I’ll obviously need to amend my earlier comment about sending him down upon Guillen’s return. I would suggest that Brennan work on his baserunning. There were two separate opportunities tonight for him to go from first to second and he failed both times. I think Cabrera was hollering across at him on the second occasion. I’m constantly surprised that guys make the big leagues without basic skills but I guess that’s the way it’s done these days. Anyway, nice hitting by Boesch again.
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Didn’t you just know that Jeter would shoot one to right there in the 8th? You could “take it to the funky bank” to paraphrase Leyland. Ordonez again proves that he’s a smart and experienced outfielder. I thought that game was gone!
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Nothing like a closer striking out the side in a one-run save situation.
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And we got the win on Ernie’s night. Good deal.
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–Rich

Just got back from the game – I think that I will be frozen for the rest of my life. LOONNGGG GAME. Although Valverde thawed me out a little.
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Could not believe that he left Joel in to face Cano and Posada. One of the dumbest moves I have seen. Not only did you lose him for two games it made the game closer than it needed to be.
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GOOD WIN
Ernie tribute was great.
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GO TIGERS

Hey GK, there y’are. I figured you’d be rolling in soon. Cold night, hey? Do we even have summer in Michigan anymore?
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I thought the ceremonies were very well done. Dignified and very very appropriate. Always good to see Willie and Al. I haven’t seen or heard from Paul Carey and Ray Lane in like forever. Hearing those voices…….man, talk about a walk down memory lane.
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Jose Feliciano was in good voice. His guitar didn’t seem to pick up very well but it wasn’t a concert, after all. I was glad FSND covered the entire thing.
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Except for some scary moments, it was a very enjoyable evening. I’m sure Ernie was happy with it.
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–Rich

Just a tremendous game tonight from beginning to end. A-Rod striking out to end it was great. Magg’s catch, Johnny’s HR, Zumaya (should have been taken out earlier), Coke, Brennan…….just a game to savor for a few hours.
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Rich is right on re the fundamentals. I mean, didn’t these guys learn some of these basics in LL and the minors?
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It was a wonderful evening.

That was really impressive. Just hope JL is not so bull-headed he didn’t notice the obvious limitations of Zumaya in this one.
Boesch has been incredible, and not just hitting but hitting when it matters.
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Orodnez saved the day–Great victory for these guys.
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Sizemore has to start hitting. We just can’t have a RHB lineup with Inge, Raburn, Size, Laird and Everett not producing. Somebody down there has to come alive.

I hear JL is quite pleased with Inge’s progress. Projected out Brandon is gonna hit .245 with 15 HRs and 75 RBIs.
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Yippee.

Well it is almost 8:00 am and I think I may have thawed out. Amazing two weeks ago I was at a Friday night game and it was 82 degrees at game time – last night 52 getting down to 46 I think. I don’t think that the forcast looks very promising for tonights game?????
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I would love is someone would tell me why he left Joel in so long. Like Rich said I didn’t mind that he brought him in for A-Roid (sorry I can’t help it) but to leave him in for Cano and Posada. In his first two innings he didn’t throw that many pitches, I think 19. But to stress him anymore in my opinion was bizairre?????
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Jose Feliciano sounded pretty good, it was a very touching ceremony. Ernie thought of everything including a win.
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GO TIGERS
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GK

I missed most of the game last night, could only see the tv from a distance so only really noticed the great catch by Magglio to end that rally – nicely done and his off season work is showing in the spryness he has in his legs out there this year.

I did hear the 9th inning in the car ride home and sounds like Valverde was amazing striking out the side – he has been quite a catch for us.

Am hoping it really was a fever for Dontrelle – the radio this morning they were calling into question if either him or the organization thought the Yankees, Ernie Tribute and ESPN might be too much for him. I don’t buy into that conspiracy theory and am going with the fever – because if I thought the other than that means we only have a part time pitcher and we don’t need that with our rotation problems right now.

Good win against a great team – funny how there doesn’t seem to be one player on that team that you say “who is that guy?”

With Dontrelle’s history, at least as it has been reported, those doubts creep into one’s mind unbidden. I think it best to just assume he was indeed ill and move on. I do think it might provide JL an opportunity to rearrange the rotation slots. I don’t like Scherzer following Verlander. I’d rather give them a different look. JL himself said much the same last year regarding JV and Edwin Jackson.
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I can take a guess at what JL was thinking in the 8th. He’d already used Zumaya to the point where he wouldn’t be available tonight (thanks to a botched DP) so he sent him on out to see if he could squeeze one more out of him, thus saving the bullpen. JL is always thinking about tomorrow, which is both good and bad. After the A-Rod AB, however, it was becoming obvious that Zoom was done for the night, and I wanted Coke right there. Not removing him after the Cano AB was an egregious mistake. Up until Maggs made that great catch, I was sure that JL had blown it for us.
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And I’m making a conscious attempt to lay off JL this season. This one stood out like a flare in the night sky.
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–Rich

I know it is hard to believe that I don’t know everything. But I was thinking this on the way home from the game last night and someone let me know if I am wrong. But all we have talked about all season is that the pen has been great but overtaxed right?? So with I believe Porcello last pitching last Wednesday, Monday night would of been a full rest for him? Why instead of going to the pen did they no just move Porcello to last night??? Wouldn’t it have been better than using your pen so hard last night especially with the next 6 games against the Yankees and the Red Soxs where you would expect to have to use your pen alot even in the best circumstances??? You have to imagine Thomas, Bonine and Zumaya are lost for the next few days. So that leaves you Coke, Ni, Perry and Valverde. None of which are long guys. Just saying. Why not pitch Porcello, would it damage his psyche anymore than Thomas not knowing he would be called into such duty the day before??

Leyland has been using Zumaya for two innings and up to 30 pitches all year. I am wondering it that is part of a plan to not have him pitch back to back nights for maybe the first half of the season or has it just worked well starting out the season so he has stuck to it. The way he looked and his pitch count at 19, I thought he would be back out for the 8th. He was not hit hard at all and had one of those tough luck innings.
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Thomas did a better job than his last emergency outing. Bonine has been doing very well.
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Dontrell looked fine when I saw him on Sunday in Cleveland. You cannot fake a 101 fever and they will always send a guy home with fever to save the rest of the locker room. Given his attitude this year, I am sure he wanted to take the mound against the Yankees. In the last two years he wanted to take the mound, he just imploaded when he got there.
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Valverde has been dominant since his first outing. I wonder if Swisher was crumbling about the called strike two or all the fork balls?
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Spent the weekend in Cleveland. Some views on the starters. Friday it seemed like the long top to the 3rd for the Tigers effective Bondo in the bottom of the inning as he just lost it. JV had the strikeout pitch going, but it racks up the pitch count. He had to pitch in some nasty weather. Max needs better command. The walks and getting the ball up on 0-2 counts has killed him the last three outing. The lack of defense is still hurting the team. The last run Max gave up on Sunday should have been unearned. ERA and batting average are over rated stats due to the judgement or lack of judgement by the official scorers around the league.
..Mark

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