I'm a fan of the Detroit Tigers. Needless to say, it's been a long few years. I was there during the Cinderella season in 2006, when the Tigers won the AL Pennant just three years after completing one of the worst seasons in MLB history. I was there in 2010, when a strong Tigers team... Continue Reading →
A Wild Slugfest Brings Baseball’s Best, And Worst, To London
Yankees' starter Masahiro Tanaka trundled off the mound, shoulders slumped in dejection, wondering how the hell he gave up six runs after only getting two outs. It was the worst start of his six-year MLB career. His ERA in Europe stands at a woeful 81.00. Tanaka's only consolation? His Boston counterpart Rick Porcello has a... Continue Reading →
London Series Hype: How MLB Marketed the Game to Europe
When Scott and I decided to take the leap and buy tickets for the London Series, we both had no idea how MLB was going to promote this event. In a country where football (soccer for us American idiots) and cricket are king, there was no telling how the game was going to be received... Continue Reading →
Another Year, Another Ballpark Tour, Another…Country???
Life gets in the way sometimes. That's what Brett and I have to keep reminding ourselves as we think back to that unseasonably warm evening two years ago, at the corner bench in Just Another F***ing Brewery (no, literally, that's the name of the brewery), when Brett turned to me and, offhandedly, said we should... Continue Reading →
Futility, Thy Name Is Chris
There was a brief moment just after Chris Davis stroked a 0-1 offering from Yusmeiro Petit towards left field where Orioles fans thought that maybe, just maybe, history would be averted. It was not to be. The hard-hit ball fell harmlessly into the glove of Athletics' outfielder Robbie Grossman, and Chris Davis forlornly left the... Continue Reading →
The Detroit Tigers Have the Best Rotation in Baseball — Wait, What?
Early-season stat lines lend themselves to absurdities. Cody Bellinger is on pace for 109 home runs and 306 RBI, for example. The Red Sox are on pace to win 32 games. Mike Trout is on pace to slash .385/.553/.923 (okay, that one might actually happen). One of the biggest early surprises of the season, though, has... Continue Reading →