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Bless You Boys Podcast 116: Brad Ausmus has foot-in-mouth disease

This week Al and HookSlide discuss the reaction to Brad Ausmus' unfortunate joke, see encouraging signs despite the Tigers losing 3-of-4 to the Royals, ponder the possibility of benching Torii Hunter, hope Joe Nathan and Justin Verlander are fixed, and know when it's time to not be nice.

Duane Burleson

Bless You Boys Podcast 116 was recorded June 20, 2014, has a running time of 67 minutes, and features Al Beaton and HookSlide.

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Brad Ausmus' attempt at a post-game sarcastic joke causes a firestorm of controversy and several apologies. Was some of the anti-Ausmus reaction caused by frustration with his team's performance?

The past week has shown the difference in experience levels between Ausmus and Jim Leyland. The old-school skipper knew how to navigate the media waters, and never found himself in the same kind of trouble as Ausmus did this week.

HookSlide goes into Little League coach mode to refresh everyone on just what this thing called second place is and how you can find your team there.

The Detroit News' Lynn Henning advocates a fire sale on Twitter.

Despite the calls for extreme moves, it's still too early to PANIC.

Fans want their pound of flesh, calling for the Tigers to make changes, wanting a scapegoat for the recent struggles. No coaches will be fired, but the possibility of a lineup change exists.

Over the past four games J.D. Martinez clubbed Royals' pitching to the tune of a .500 average, three home runs and six RBIs. Since being called up, Martinez has given the Tigers something Torii Hunter hasn't provided in several weeks - offense and not being Hunter on defense.

Bullpen roulette: Luke Putkonen is out indefinitely after elbow surgery. Band-aids Corey Knebel and Evan Reed have been sent down, replaced by Band-aids Blaine Hardy and Chad Smith.

The Joe Nathan whom we saw strike out the side against the Royals after discovering an arm slot change would go a long way toward fixing what has ailed the bullpen.

Justin Verlander as been awful of late, but he cannot be sent down nor should he be sent to the bullpen. The Tigers do believe they have discovered the reason behind Verlander's recent struggles.

Al and HookSlide discuss recent events in the game threads, reminding you that we are going with the same philosophy which worked so well for Dalton at The Double Deuce (NSFW language in the embedded video).

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