Reactions to Tigers’ share of division lead

How much stock do the Tigers put in moving into a virtual tie atop the AL Central in June? Depends on who you ask.

  • Alex Avila: “It’s nice to get there. It definitely means something, because that’s what we’re working towards. We want to win as many games as possible and be in first place [at season’s end]. That’s the goal. But at this point, that’s not something we’re focused on. We’re trying to win the game that day.”
  • Brennan Boesch: “It feels good. It’s a long way to go obviously, but the Indians were playing such good baseball early on that it just shows that this team, when we put our heads down and play hard, that we can be a force to be reckoned with and it feels good to be there right now.”
  • Max Scherzer: “Yeah, it feels good, but we’ve got [about] 100 games left. That’s a lot of games. A lot of things can happen. But you’ve got to love the talent on this team. You’ve got to love what our offense is doing, love what our pitching staff’s doing. We’re in a real good position, and we’re starting to really come on strong. I definitely like our team.”
  • Austin Jackson: “It definitely is [a sense of satisfaction], but we’ve still got a long way to go. We understand that. We just need to keep playing good baseball and just take care of what we can take care of.”

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Tiger fan in Clarkston, Michigan: “I’m so excited I can hardly stand it. Jim Leyland for President!!”
Tiger fan in Owosso, Michigan: “They’ll blow it.”
Tiger fan in Wyandotte, Michigan: “Sure, they’re in first place but Raburn is still a bum. And so is Inge. And so is Jason Grilli. And so is Nate Colbert.”
Tiger fan in Mackinac Island, Michigan: “The Cherry Festival will be good this year, eh?”
Tiger fan in Milan, Michigan: “I leave the country every year on June 30 to do volunteer work on a tiny Pacific island. Don’t the Tigers always win the division?”
I’m enjoying the success, but if the division race is compared to a driving trip from New York to Los Angeles, we’re on the Ohio Turnpike. There are still some very large mountains to cross.

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