Nathan endures boos, baserunners in return, but gets save

Joe Nathan was going to have to get back on the mound and face the boos at Comerica Park eventually. David Price’s home debut as a Tiger, with a three-run lead, seemed like as good a time as any.

“At some point, he’s going to have to pitch again in this ballpark,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “In my mind, really, it’s better to do it sooner than later.”

Said Nathan: “I knew my nerves would be a little extra. When I was apologizing, I’ve never been a part of any type of controversy, and I will not be a part of it again.”

The boos began, albeit just a few, before Nathan had made it from the bullpen to the mound. They multiplied before he began warming, then really picked up upon introduction. A leadoff single amplified them. Each time, the boos would start and eventually stop for the next at-bat, though they would resume at some point.

The runner eventually scored, but Nathan held it there, getting a game-ending double play to finish off a 4-2 win. And as the boos turned to cheers for a big win finished, Nathan kept his celebration to a point at his catcher, Alex Avila, and congratulations from his teammates. There was no chin-flick, no look into the stands.

“I held it in,” Nathan said. “I definitely didn’t want to have any reaction tonight, kind of just get back to trying to finish games, try to keep my emotions in check. But I knew it was important, my first time back on the mound since the incident. Just wanted to give the fans something to cheer about before they try to battle traffic with One Direction going on [next door at Ford Field].”

 

 

 

12 Comments

Have the loud speaker play “NATHAN DETROIT” every time he comes out to pitch..
it’ll spur him on knowing the crowd is pulling for him…by the way if you didn’t know
the song it’s from “GUYS AND DOLLS” Frank Sinatra was Nathan Detroit….
Just YELL NATHAN, NATHAN, DETROIT! GREAT SONG GREAT PLAY.

Whelan as expected DFA to add JJ.
Sharing setup and closing duties?

6th and 7th inning to start out, according to Ausmus

Thanks, like Soria was expected too

Tigers starter Justin Verlander completely shut down until Tuesday, status remains up in the air.
Schmehl twitted

That’s actually not a new development. The plan all along was that he wouldn’t pick up a ball until Tuesday.

The umpires are not the problem

You think the org pick up Alex’s 2015 option or no?

They will ,even if the vesting clauses were close to mockery

Kinsler 2B
Carrera CF
Cabrera DH
V. Martinez 1B
J. Martinez RF
Castellanos 3B
Avila C
Romine SS
Davis LF
Ray P

Low expectations for Miguel with the bat today

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