Thursday, August 24, 2006

Some thoughts on the Tigers game Thursday (as The Ford slowly devolves into Larry King)...

1.) Even when the weather's a little rough, it's always nice to hang out at the CoPa, where, as The Ford likes to say, "The teams are stacked, the weather is hot, and the women are both..."

Of course, there's nothing like a 55-minute rain delay spent mingling with 40,000 of your closest strangers squeezed into concourses built for 10,000 to start the morning off right.

2.) Nate Robertson is Officially Perplexing. For the first two batters each inning, he was dominating.

With two outs? Well, Jermaine Dye went 3-for-3 with two HRs. Oh, and Big Juan Uribe, The Little Shortstop who Could Eat, homered, too.

3.) Colby Lewis freaks out The Ford. Not because of his pitching skills. (Though it was nice to see him come in last night, and, following The Ford's scouting report of "good fastball, sharp change, needs a third pitch," to his companions, throw 3 pitches: 89, 79, 93.)

No, Mr. Lewis freaks out The Ford with his first name.


Wasn't that the dude on the first Survivor?

Maybe if The Ford had actually watched any of the Survivors, he'd have a better idea.

He'd probably still be freaked out, though.

4.) Sean Casey did something weird in the 5th inning. Maybe.

See, while watching the game, The Ford thought he'd singled to left field, off the third baseman's glove.

That's pretty much what 40,000 other Tigers fans thought, too.

Only Casey thought his liner was caught by the third baseman, and stopped running.

By the time, he figured out the ball was still in play, it was already inbound from left field to first base, where, of course, Casey was out by a large margin.

Fast-forward two hours, as The Ford's attempting to fact-check his thoughts, and you get this entry in the play-by-play: "S. Casey grounded out to third."

Well, actually, if you go to a play-by-play source that isn't busy trying to sell you a Shakira single, you get: "all, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Casey grounded out to left."

Ah, the traditional 7-3 groundout.

Yeah, The Mayor's got to work on his awareness, or his foot speed.

5.) Jon Garland? Seriously?

Sure, he's good, and he had some stuff working Thursday, but he wasn't shutout-good.

Then again, when Brian "No, really, it wasn't a mistake trading Aaron Rowand to give me a job" Anderson makes a diving catch in left-center, taking away a probably triple, and Big Juan makes an amazing spin to throw out a runner at first, AND The Mayor GROUNDS OUT TO LEFT FIELD, well, you're not gonna give up a lot of runs.

OK, the bile is rising again. Time for The Ford to do something not involving baseball. Maybe.


At 3:46 AM, August 25, 2006, Blogger Marcus said...

The Casey groundout's gotta go 5-7-3, if you're scoring at home (or even if you're by yourself).

At 7:13 AM, August 26, 2006, Blogger The Ford said...

Indeed, upon further review, it's your routine 5-7-3 groundout. We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog.


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