October 7, 2009

Game #163


A couple of weeks ago I wondered aloud how the Tigers season would interfere with Red Wings blogging come October.


MINNESOTA TWINS 6 - 5 DETROIT TIGERS (12 IN)


I have my answer now: completely kill my desire to ever turn on a TV again. All I'm thinking right now is how I've seen the most heartbreaking Tigers and Wings games of my life in the last four months.

Well that's sort of a lie. I'm also thinking about runners at the corners with no outs. And Zach Miner's "I obviously shouldn't be pitching in a big game" face. And Brandon Inge's jersey flapping after he was hit with the bases loaded. And being three lousy outs from the first division title since I was downing breast milk smoothies. And a ground ball up the middle that I was sure was an AL Central-winning double play, but wasn't.

And oh, that fucking dome. May that piece of dog shit melt in the hottest region of Hell. I have this dream where that entire baggy bitch collapses in flames while Brett Favre and Nick Punto are tied to each foul pole. If somebody can somehow make this happen I swear to God I will spend life in prison in your place.

Speaking of Punto, I foolishly tweeted this last Thursday during what should have been the last Twins/Tigers series of the year (I can't believe I'm quoting myself from Twitter; or saying "tweeted") --


"Glad that's the last of Punto for about 6 months. He's the Max Talbot of the Minnesota Twins."



Fuck me, right? The last of Nick Punto? Of course not. This horror movie villain of a baseball team wouldn't die, because they never do, and the slowest most painful death of a season dragged on from Thursday afternoon to Tuesday night.

I will say, in spite of all of this, that it was a remarkable game. As much as you may read about the Tig's choking away first place (being the first team to ever blow a three game lead with four games to play makes it hard to shake the "choke" label since pro baseball has been around for like five thousand years), they battled back a number of times in this game and showed some heart. Maggs' homer in the 8th was unexpected and thrilling; I thought the game was over after the Twins went up 4-3 in the 7th. Raburn's double play made my pants damp and (sort of) made up for his blunder at the start of the inning. And the bench reaction to Don Kelly being safe at home in the 10th was a really awesome thing to see.

*****

For those only into hockey, sorry for the baseball ranting. My lifelong passion for the Wings only narrowly edges my Tigers interest, but it's over now.

The Detroit-less MLB playoffs actually coincides with a little break I'll be taking, as I'll be out of state from Thursday to Monday. I don't know what my Internet situation will be like, so if this is the last post until next week, I just pray that I won't be coming home to a 20,000-word volcanic eruption at A2Y after the Wings start 0-4.


29 comments:

cmk said...

I cannot believe that the highlight of my last week in sports was the Packers being beaten by the Vikings and Favre. (I HATE football, but dislike many, many Packer fans more. I celebrated Monday night--and every time I thought about the win on Tuesday.)

Now with the Tigers done, my total stress can be focused on hockey. Such joy. Bring on the ulcers.

John W. said...

This coming ALDS series will be the first time in my life I EVER pull for the Yankees. I hate the Twins with all my heart, and I wish someone would put a 100mph fastball right between Orlando Cabrerra's eyes, fucking piece of scum.

DEO said...

As a Tigers first, Wings second guy, this is a worse punch to the gut. Ryan Raburn will haunt my dreams.

Baroque said...

Most squandery team in all of history. Stupid Miner.

I can't even pull for the Yankees, but I think they'll destroy the Twins anyway.

If I watch any games, I'll be rooting for the Dodgers because I say Clayton Kershaw play in the minors.

That is if I stop crying by then. :(

Baroque said...

And have a safe trip, Tyler.

mrfluffy02 said...

"Glad that's the last of Punto for about 6 months. He's the Max Talbot of the Minnesota Twins."

You sunuvabitch. Oh, then you go and mention a 0-4 Wings start. I hope you get whiplash in some car cra...

No...I kid...have a safe trip. And DON'T check the scores; you may wind up in jail for public drunkenness and disturbance.

Kraig said...

What! Where are you going that's so important when Wings haven't won a game yet? I don't know what that has to do with anything, but yeah have a safe trip wherever it is.

Triple Deke Staff said...

And god that game sucked the life out of me. It's an official John Cusack Top 5 worst losses, any sport, that I've seen. It was so strange watching it too ... I saw the first 8 1/2 innings on the shitty MLB gamecast from my laptop at school; then I ran down to the empty bowling alley in the building I was at and watched the rest ... the only guy in there was the person working the front desk, who couldn't give two shits about baseball, so I was groaning and yelling every 30 seconds and he probably thought I was insane. Instantly one of my stranger sports memories.

I too hope the Yankees win. Never thought I'd say that. I hope that they win in 3 or 4 games so that the last game in the Dome is a loss. Wait ... what am I saying ... the Yankees? No. No, I can't root for either team. I hope that Bud Selig finds a way for both teams to lose. I'm sure he has a formula for that written down somewhere.

...
I'll be in Nashville for a wedding. No joke, the groom is a Predators fan (judging by at least one picture I've seen).

- Tyler

Doug said...

1 out. Man on third. Polanco's up. I don't care if he hits .899, just lay down the freaking bunt and force the run through. We HAD to have that run, would have been a go ahead run (sorry can't remember which inning this was) and could have made all the difference. Kills me.

mrfluffy02 said...

Well if you're using I-75 (which is doubtful, but offer still goes) and need a beer in Cincy...let me know. I can imagine you might need like 12 after a Bubba wedding.

These word verification words are a thing of beauty, and I swear they fit my comments everytime.

"Will I get laid at a Nashville wedding?"

'limplasa'

Triple Deke Staff said...

2nd follow up note (having trouble letting this game go...)

Ron Darling has to be the worst announcer ever. Ever. In the history of broadcasting. He made Chip Caray sound like Harry Caray multiplied by Ernie Harwell on steroids just by comparison. And I only fucking saw the last 3 innings -- I can't imagine an entire game with him.

He said two different things that made my brain bleed: 1) "The concentration in this place is palpable;" and 2) I can't remember the situation, but he referred to a series of three mistakes as a "devil's triangle" ... what the fuck does that even mean. I just Googled it and the only relevant thing was either Bermuda Triangle or a literal device called a devil's triangle. He made up a fucking phrase on national television.

mrfluffy02 said...

Well if you're using I-75 (which is doubtful, but offer still goes) and need a beer in Cincy...let me know. I can imagine you might need like 12 after a Bubba wedding.

These word verification words are a thing of beauty, and I swear they fit my comments everytime.

"Will I get laid at a Nashville wedding?"

'limplasa'

John W. said...

I feel bad for Rodney. The guy scares me to death everytime he comes in the game, but he pitched his ass off last night. Without Rayburn making the worst decision EVER he more than likely gets the save. He didn't deserve that loss. And it still pisses me off that we got screwed outta the run from the hit-by-pitch. So tired of Detroit teams having to play against more than just the other team.

Triple Deke Staff said...

@Fluff

Likely won't be going through Cincy, which is a shame because I'd love an excuse to break the monotony of an 8 hour drive or however long it takes. I'm incapable of falling asleep in cars, so I'll probably fidget myself to death on the way home.

--

@ John

I wasn't disappointed in Rodney at all. Not only should Raburn have not made the worst outfield decision ever, but he induced the DIVISION WINNING GROUND BALL, only it jumped on the Metrodome conveyor belt-infield and eluded Polanco's grasp .... I can't stop thinking about that. Another horrific image burned in my memory, to go along with Cleary missing the breakaway and the replay of Kronner's cross bar shot. I jumped out of my seat in the bowling alley thinking it was the end, and then that ball got through. Enough with this year already.

- Tyler

Osrt said...

"I'll be in Nashville for a wedding."

You gotta a preddy mouth.

Stay safe dude.

hockeychic said...

Bleargh...The Tigers loss and now the Rockies are getting destroyed in Game 1 (I hate any sports team out of Philadelphia). Why do I even watch baseball? There were just so many things wrong with that game last night. Yes, I was stuck with gamecast and then missed a huge chunk of the game due to work stuff and got home only to have my heart ripped out and stomped on in the 12th.

Safe travels and may you come back to a Wings team that is 2-2. (Though I'm more scared about the Caps game than the Hawks game at this point.)

After today, I hope to never use this MLB gamecast again.

Baroque said...

I mean, it isn't as though Inge doesn't get hit - he ALWAYS get hits by pitches! That should have been a run!

Stupid Marsh. Umpiring sucks. :(

Welcome to the great outdoors next year, Twinkies - enjoy not having a freaking roof and normal bounces for ground balls, and see how much of a home-field advantage that is.


And Minnesota - Yankees has me rooting for a catastrophic meteor impact. HATE.

John W. said...

"but he induced the DIVISION WINNING GROUND BALL, only it jumped on the Metrodome conveyor belt-infield and eluded Polanco's grasp .... I can't stop thinking about that."

I know, as soon as that was hit I yelled "TWO" and then not so much. I have to say though, Polanco sure missed a lot of plays this last week that he usually makes. He had to at least get 1 there or at the very least knock it down.

*sigh*

2009 sure sucked ass for Michigan sports. One win away from 2 Championships and then last night.

I'm still convinced the Lions win 2weeks ago doomed the Tigers. Do you have any idea how much Detroit mojo it takes for the Lions to win? So much that it not only got the Tigers, but it got the Wings all the way in freaking Sweden.

Osrt said...

post something you little bitches

Baroque said...

He said he'll be out of state until Monday!

I'm sure something new will be posted soon enough, Osrt. :)

Triple Deke Staff said...

Osrt you spoiled turd. You know that I'm doing some thorough scouting of the greater Nashville area to find you a hot country girl that resembles Val Filppula.

I finally got to see the highlights of the Caps game just now. Datsyuk's pass to Homer for the go-ahead goal ..... amazing. He never even turned his head to look for him. Amazing amazing.

- Tyler

Osrt said...

Only if she has a sister like Leino; gotta keep up. Forgot about the trip. Nice to be out of MI for a bit?

Dats outplayed Ovie and King Lidas (obviously) out played Green; I call for a realignment of the universe to get some justice on year-end awards.

Baroque said...

Playing much better with the pageantry of the Swedish trip behind them, which is good to see.

And just because - suck it, Twinkies. Heh heh heh heh

J.J. from Kansas said...

Only if she has a sister like Leino

If you're looking for a girl with a forehead like that, then you may want to leave Nashville and head to the Appalachian area of Kentucky.

Maybe get Nic Cage in a wig and lipstick?

Osrt said...

"If you're looking for a girl with a forehead like that"

This used to be a mark of refinement in early Victorian England. And I have a 5head too, so we could do kinky things like cracking pistachios between our skulls. Good times all around.

word: emiss = I e-miss you TDT <3

J.J. from Kansas said...

This used to be a mark of refinement in early Victorian England.

Leino's forehead is a mark of dark wizardry in Australopithecine society.

If you're reading this, just kidding Dr. eVille. Please don't lower me slowly into a water tank filled with sharks. Also, keep up the good work with the wings, you magnificently apportioned Finn, you!

Osrt said...

touch-e JJ

touch-e

Anonymous said...

It has taken me this long to post. Everything everybody said - and a double, triple "fuck you" to whoever first told Ryan Rayburn he should be an outfielder. It started a chain of karmic events that ripped the heart out of me. I hope the whole World Series gets rained on, sleeted on and otherwise frozen out of existence.

Tram

Triple Deke Staff said...

Good lord I thought you died, Tram.

Wings won tonight (smile face)