Category Archives: Detroit Tigers

Jim Joyce deserves credit for admitting mistake

By now, everybody’s seen Jim Joyce’s blown call preventing Armando Galarraga from notching what would have been one of the most unlikely perfect games in the history of Major League Baseball. Here are Joyce’s incredible comments following Wednesday’s game:

Now that was something. Joyce took remorse took a whole new level with the profanity filled tirade aimed at himself. He sounded like a man who desperately needed a strong, strong drink.

He stood that and took it from reporters after the game, even though they were essentially asking him the same question over and over.  He got it wrong, but at the time, he genuinely thought Jason Donald beat Galarraga to the bag.  He made a mistake.

In an era when officials often seek to put themselves on a pedestal and refuse to admit missed calls, Joyce stepped up to the plate and admitted he screwed up.

Prior to Thursday’s series finale between the Indians and Tigers, Jim Leyland dispatched Galarraga to deliver the lineup card to Joyce, who was the home plate umpire.  A tearful Joyce jabbed Galarraga and received much-needed encouragement from his fellow umpires.

Joyce was not acting or embellishing his feelings.  He was simply showing how he felt about his mistake, drawing attention to himself for all the right reasons.

Take note, Cowboy Joe West.

Legendary Tigers’ broadcaster Harwell dead at 92

Harwell, pictured here calling a game at old Tigers Stadium, will be remembered for his smooth delivery and silky southern drawl. (Pic via morethananelectrician.wordpress.com)

Ernie Harwell, the voice of the Detroit Tigers for nearly half a century, died Tuesday evening after a battle with cancer. He was 92.

Harwell spent 42 years as a broadcaster with the Tigers after beginning his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1948. While working for the Dodgers, he called the famous “Shot Heard Round the World” at the Polo Grounds in what marked the first nationally televised broadcast of a major sporting event in the United States.

In all, he called over 8,000 games at the Major League level.

Harwell’s trademark calls–“looooooooooooong gone” and “two for the price of one” will always be remembered.

The Tigers honored Harwell, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, last September shortly after his illness was made public. He spent his last few months in a assisted living facility near Detroit, and was accompanied by his wife of 68 years and four children when he passed away.

The public will be allowed to pay their respects to Harwell Thursday at Comerica Park.

He is survived by his wife Lulu, four children, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

It’s safe to say Ernie Harwell lived a very rewarding life.

Damon signs with Tigers despite wifey’s dislike of Detroit

Michelle Damon is bringing some glamor to the Motor City.

Apparently Johnny Damon isn’t concerned about his wife’s disdain for Detroit.  The 36 year-old outfield has agreed to a one-year, eight million dollar deal with the Tigers, ESPN reported Saturday.

According to Fox’s Ken Rosenthal, Michelle Damon wanted no part of the city of Detroit.  The original article has since been edited to make Michelle appear like, well, less of a pretentious snob, but it remains apparent the Damons wanted to avoid Detroit.

Desperate times call for desperate measures.  Damon had few suitors and ultimately none willing to meet his contract demands for a two-year deal, forcing him to settle for a deal with Detroit.  Agent Scott Boras has tricked the Tigers before; clients Magglio Ordonez and Pudge Rodriguez got more than the Tigers were initially willing to offer in early talks.

The Braves and White Sox were he only other MLB teams to show serious interest in Damon, which prevented Boras from gaining any leverage in negotiations.  The Braves have younger, more attractive alternatives to Damon and the White Sox don’t want a full-time DH–or an aging outfielder with little range–after finally bringing the Jermaine Dye outfield experience to a close.

It will be interesting to see if Michelle ever shows her lovely face in Detroit.  Hopefully she won’t be attacked by an angry mob of bitter souls.

Report: Gerald Laird arrest stemmed from Grandpa’s groping wife of NBA player

Laird was arrested after a fight broke at a Phoenix Suns game on December 30. (AP Photo)

Aside from being pretty average professional athletes, Gerald Laird and Eddie House have just about nothing in common. But for one night in December, fate brought them together.

Apparently fate came in the form of good ole Grandpa Laird.

Charlsie House, the wife of former Arizona State star and Suns sparkplug Eddie House, told security guards and that 70 year-old Grandpa Laird touched her inappropriately as she watched her husband’s Celtics team battle the Suns from a lounge area Dec. 30.

Police eventually responded to the incident and claimed Brandon Laird, a 22 year-old prospect in the Yankees organization, was shouting derogatory remarks before taking a swing at a woman in the lounge. Meanwhile, older brother Gerald and his enormous melon head was accused of sucker-punching a security guard.

Security reportedly warned the Laird mantourage prior to granting them admission to the lounge after suspecting (correctly) the men had been drinking heavily.

Charlsie House told Police she didn’t want to press charges against the rampaging Lairds, who were arrested on suspicion of assualt, along with their Uncle, Gregory Scott Collins, 51.

Talk about a family of idiots.

Laird, a journeyman catcher, signed a $3.9 million one-year deal with the Tigers in the offseason. He probably won’t be suspended, making him a safe pick in round 19 of your upcoming fantasy drafts.