Tigers hit road without Jim Price

Good morning from Seattle, where the Tigers begin their nine-game road trip tonight against the Mariners tonight at Safeco Field. They’ll be closer to full strength on their roster with the return of Doug Fister, but they left town yesterday without radio analyst Jim Price, who will miss the entire trip at the team’s request.

The Tigers made the announcement in their game notes today, but the decision was made quite a while ago. Price, who underwent cancer treatments over the offseason, fell ill during the Tigers’ first road trip of the season in Chicago when he caught something that was going around the clubhouse. He went home from Chicago and missed the next series in Kansas City. He accompanied the team to New York a week and a half ago, but this trip — both for the duration and the distance traveled — was a different story.

Former Tigers pitcher Dan Petry, who filled in for Price in Kansas City, is with the team for this trip. Price will return to the booth at Comerica Park when the Tigers return home May 16.

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Sorry, I did not know Jim Price had cancer. I like his insight as a former player but sometimes he says absolutely and no question about it too many times. It is frustrating not getting the big hit, but Fielder is hitting .300. How many times have we seen Miguel and Prince get hits and then nothing from the 5 and 6 hole? Also, the Tigers have lost 5 games when leading after the 7th inning. We won those games last year. I still miss Scott Sizemore! Go Tigers!

i hope Jim stays healthy and broadcasting for a long time – him and dan are amazing. I tend to listen to them with the television broadcast muted.
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We have some good starters and they don’t have Felix in this series. We need this series bad.

Sounds like a wise move for Jim Price. Jason, are you on the entire trip?

I’m on all week in Seattle and Oakland. Not doing the two-game series in Chicago. The quick turnaround and night game/day game setup made that one tough to do.

For our former irritating relative, the increasingly verbose Brandon Inge, I have some quotes:
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Abraham Lincoln: “Better to be thought a fool then to open your mouth and remove all doubt”
Theodore Roosevelt: “Walk softly and carry a big stick”
Jimmy Dugan: “That’s good advice!”
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Warren Zevon could have been describing Inge when he wrote: “Excitable boy, they all said”
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Have fun, Brandon.

Good God, Rich – what planet do you live on? You talk about Price as if you’re
commenting on an altogether different specimen than Price. “Rude, bullying,
interrupting Jim Price” I just don’t get. I listen to him every night and he’s nothing
but a perfect gentleman to me. The chemistry between Dan and Jim is great.
When Price is covering a game, it’s all about baseball, baby – not about Jim.
I cannot help but think that you’re a bit of an oddball, Rich.

Of course, anyone would want to wish Jim Price good health. However, I am one fan who feels Jim Price has been one awful broadcaster for the Tigers in the radio booth, and has held many fans “hostage” for years. When Dan Petry pinch hit for him in Chicago, it was a breath of fresh air – the first time a radio broadcast of a Tiger’s game was enjoyable since Ernie was on the air. Jim Price’s style is the opposite of what Ernie’s creedo was: Ernie always put the listener first, and was all about informing the listener and not allowing anything else to get in between. Instead, Jim Price has always used the Tiger’s broadcast as a vehicle to turn the attention upon himself in whatever way possible. And in an annoying “Stuart Smalley” sort of way to boot (SNL, Al Franken). And the last few years he’s been more like Ed McMahon on the Johnny Carson Show, rarely adding anything to the broadcast other than his own personal promotions. It will be wonderful to listen to Dan Dickerson’s flow of the game with Dan Petry joining in, rather than the rude, bullying, interrupting Jim Price who derails any flow of the game with his personal “Look at me!”-isms. I have more to say, but “I’ll pick it up after this….”

But Joe! Dan Petry’s arsenal isn’t as good as Jim Price’s. :)

You obviously haven’t read Abraham Lincoln’s quote from Rich’s post above: “Better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt”

Couldn’t disagree more

Good God, Joe – what planet do you live on?
You talk about Price as if you’re commenting on
an altogether different specimen than Price.
“Rude, bullying, interrupting Jim Price” I just
don’t get. I listen to him every night and
he’s nothing but a perfect gentleman to me.
The chemistry between Dan and Jim is great.
When Jim is covering a game, it’s all about
baseball, baby – not about Jim. I cannot
help but think that you’re a bit of
an oddball, Joe.

Sounds like a good idea to not stress him out too much. Take this time to rest up, he loves his Tigers which is why I like to listen to both of those guys. Petry will be nice to listen too as well.

You said it best, Tigergirl. Petry is OK. Jim always seems to calm me down if the tiger’s lose.

You could be listening to the “Hawk”. We are so spoiled to have had Ernie! I should do luv the excitable Dan Dickerson!

Feel better Jim!

Breaking news. A member of the San Francisco Giants has been given a 100 game suspension.

Watching on TV, I rarely listen in on radio but when I do, Price and Dickerson both are a breath of fresh air just because it’s different. And I like Mario and Rod. At any rate, no one will ever beat that team of Ernie and George Kell that we old-timers got to enjoy when young. Two HOFers in one booth.
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I like to drive my wife nuts with impressions of the Hawk. “That’s 2, 4, and none for them and 1, 3, and 1 for our Sox. Here’s Paulie.” I only did that like, all weekend. :-)

All the best to Mr. Price.
All the best to Brandon Inge. I have my problems with both of them but that has nothing to do with how I would want to see life work out for them.
Bi may have been a great teammate, a good soldier, a fine citizen and great in the clubhouse. However, I do believe his opinions and estimations of his talent as a ballplayer are somewhat biased if not slightly delusional.
He likes to be interviewed and is very approachable. Sometimes the words can just come out wrong. I hope that is the case

Jim’s voice has always sounded golden to me. Very soothing. Different strokes for different folks, I guess. This is one lady who will truly miss hearing Jim. Get better soon, Jim. The other guy sounds like fingernails on a chalkboard.

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