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Has hell frozen over?

…Because the Tigers are actually going to the World Series! And they did it in fine style, too, with a come-from-behind victory in which Magglio Ordonez hit a three run homer with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning. I have to confess, I never quite believed they could get this far, particularly…

Yes! The Tigers just won their third game in a row against Oakland! They now have a commanding lead in the series of 3 games to none. One more win, and they’re in the World Series for the first time since 1984! You know, although I expressed skepticism about the Tigers’ chances earlier in the…

The Top Ten Reasons Why the Yankees Choked

Preempting what will almost certainly be the Top Ten on David Letterman’s show is this list of the Top Ten Reasons Why The New York Yankees Choked. My favorite? Clearly it has to be this one: Detroit Tigers tricked the Yankees by playing devious “fundamental baseball” That about sums it up. Damn those Tigers for…

Stick a fork in ‘em

The Yankees are done. Tigers win 8-3 The Yankees go home. Quoth Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman: “I’m stunned,” New York general manager Brian Cashman said. “This team fooled me to some degree. Detroit was on top of their game and we weren’t, and that combination was lethal for us. I’m disappointed where we’re at…

Let’s do this, people

Well, even as a born-in-Detroit Tigers fan, I wouldn’t have expected it, but it’s come to pass. The Tigers have the Yankees on the ropes, having defeated them last night quite convincingly 6-0 to take a 2-1 series lead. All they have to do is to win this afternoon, and the Yankees go home. How…

Tigers win!

Woo-hoo! The Tigers just won Game 2 of the ALDS against the Yankees 4-3! Time to go to Detroit with the series tied! The odds are still against them, but at least they’re not lying down and dying. I suspect they’re going to make it interesting, and, who knows, they might even take the series.…

Vacation purity contaminated

While I am on vacation, I’m reprinting a number of “Classic Insolence” posts to keep the blog active while I’m gone. (It also has the salutory effect of allowing me to move some of my favorite posts from the old blog over to the new blog, and I’m guessing that quite a few of my…

Taking dedication a little too far

You know, as a native Detroiter and Tigers fan, I’m not sure whether to be pleased or appalled by this picture of one of my more–shall we say?–“illustrious” fellow Detroiters getting married. The least he could do would be to wear the jersey along with the hat, don’t you think?

Baseball and the never-ending hunger

Deep within Yankee Stadium, a timeless evil had arrived (well, an evil around 61 years old, anyway–well, 117 years old if you count its entire existence) shambling through the dark service corridors and halls, on a never-ending quest to satisfy its unquenchable hunger. Why it had come to this place, it did not know. Perhaps…

Most boring sport ever?

Segway polo, anyone? Is it possible for a sport to move any slower?

One half of my heritage at its finest

About two weeks ago, I did a brief post about a Lithuanian guy whose blood alcohol level was beyond what would kill most mortal men but who was fully conscious and nominally able to drive. I facetiously referred to it as “one quarter of my heritage at its finest,” given that I’m one quarter Lithuanian.…

A sad day for Tiger fans

As I sit here marveling that, as of this writing, it’s almost the summer solstice and the Detroit Tigers still have the best record in baseball (with the New York Mets not far behind, yet!) I come across this depressing news. Tiger Stadium is going to be razed this fall: It’s official. After years of…

A sign of the apocalypse

They may have finished in fourth place with a record of 71-91 last year, but as of this writing, my hometown team the Detroit Tigers have the best record in baseball (27-13) after a seven game winning streak, and we’re into the second half of May. I realize that 6/6/06 is coming up, but this…

Unbelievable. Contrary to my predictions last week, somehow the Detroit Tigers have managed to remain undefeated through the first week of the baseball season. They’re 5-0. Just as enjoyable, the Cleveland Indians are right behind them, with a 4-1 record. But that’s not the best thing. No, the best thing is that the dreaded New…

Does Jesus hate the New York Yankees?

Opening day at last! The 2006 baseball season starts this weekend. One thing that I can predict with a high degree of certainty is that, sadly, my old hometown team the Detroit Tigers will continue to suck, getting deeper into their second decade of futility as measured by sub-.500 records. In contrast, my other favorite…