Ian Kinsler, playoff experience and pickup basketball
There was a lot of talk about playoff race experience around the Tigers clubhouse this weekend, and how it plays into the recent run Detroit has had. Torii Hunter coined the term “Septober,” for one. Then there was the analogy from Ian Kinsler, who hasn’t always been quotable but followed up his clutch home run Sunday with a pretty good answer when asked about the value of experience.
“We’re confident,” Kinsler said. “We understand what we can do in this game, what our abilities are and what we need to do to win, what we need to do to put ourselves in a position to succeed. It’s not going to happen every time but hopefully it works out more often than not. …
“It’s like you go to the YMCA and play a bunch of dads and you’re like 18, jumping and dunking, and the dads beat you every time. You’re like, ‘What’s going on? We’re so much more athletic than them and we can’t beat them. But we can dunk.’ They put themselves in the right place at the right time and understand how to use their body and all that other good stuff. With experience comes knowledge and we’re trying to put that to use.”
Not sure the Tigers are that old just yet, considering how many rookies had to go through the dress-up ritual Sunday. Still, credit for creativity.