I'm not sure why it didn't occur to me to answer the
nine 10 questions I had about the Tigers in the second half. But Kurt answered them over at Mack Avenue Tigers, and challenged me to do the same. So I'll pick up the gauntlet he threw down, but probably not today. Though I might inadvertently do so below...
UPDATE: Big Al's joined in the fun. Okay, I get the message. I've been blog tagged.
Maybe there's really no comparison between a pitcher who suddenly can't throw a strike and a hitter who can't stop chasing breaking balls. But from my layman's perspective, it seems we're talking about similar mental blocks. Shelton is so messed up that Leon Durham says he has a "Diana Ross swing."
You know you have a winning team in town (and all the other sports are on hiatus) when a piece about players' superstitions is in the Detroit News. But this was pretty amusing, whether it was Curtis Granderson taking hitting advice from Tim Byrdak or Nate Robertson describing Sean Casey's dietary preferences:
It's Brad Lidge that could bring the most in terms of prospects. He's worth at least two. It's also Lidge that will be Tim Purpura's toughest decision. First, there are the emotional ties. At one point in his minor league career, Lidge was so discouraged that he was ready to quit and return to college. It was Tim Purpura who convinced him to keep going.
And I hope I don't offend anyone by saying this, but I really thought we'd heard the last from Frank Rashid. The Freep's Michael Rosenberg found him, however, and the man just doesn't follow the Tigers anymore. On one hand, I respect that he's sticking to his guns on the Tiger Stadium issue. But on the other, I feel sorry for the guy. I think we've all become disenchanted over one thing or another in our lives.