BASEBALL VS CRYSTAL BALL

By: Holly Horning

It is only appropriate as we gear up for another year of baseball, my blogging partner, Kurt Snyder, and I are launching our Totally Tigers blog.  And just in the nick of time, too.  The time between big trades and spring training is infamous for producing a plethora of “sunshine and lollipops” articles churned out by the media.  But we are a new breed of cat.

We’re going to cover that vast area between reporting player moves and game scores.  During the year, we will analyze the personnel, positions, payroll and hopefully, playoffs.  We’re going to go beyond the mainstream information; dissecting moves and motives while posing questions to make us all think. And Kurt and I will cover them all; every day, every month, except for those late night West Coast games and possibly Christmas Day.

Baseball is that glorious game that appears so simple on the surface but deep down, it is as complicated as chess. All the pieces are dependent upon one another and strategy both on and off the field is formulated with the present and future in mind. Thus, much of what we see cannot be taken at surface value. Sometimes, we have to wait in order to see the true worth. Wouldn’t a crystal ball be nice to have!  But where’s the fun in that?

If you haven’t had the chance to read our mission statements in the ABOUT section, we hope you will. We look forward to having you ride shotgun on this adventure with us. With apologies to Daniel Webster and a nod to Brad Ausmus, I think it only appropriate to close with Webster’s famous quote referencing Dartmouth College. We hope you will feel the same way about us.

“It is, Sir, as I have said, a small (blog). And yet there are those who love it!”

WINNING AND MONEY

By: Kurt Snyder

Max Scherzer turned the heads of Tiger fans everywhere when he said 2 very puzzling things while he was introduced as the new crown jewel ace of the Washington Nationals.

He went  there because he wanted to win and that he doesn’t play baseball for the money.  To which Tiger fans in unison proclaimed:  “Then why didn’t you sign with the Tigers in the spring?”   Because just in case you haven’t noticed, the Tigers have been winning consistently for years.   And the resigning of Max Scherzer would have gone a long way to reaching the ultimate goal.

But the Tigers saw this day coming and many realized it when David Price came in the door.   He was the new Max Scherzer.   They were going to make Max an offer that they were not sure he was going to take and having Price wouldn’t leave them high and dry if Max did leave.

But Max didn’t leave to go win.  He was winning here!   He left for $210 million dollars.   He left for the money.   The Nationals haven’t been raising World Championship flags.   The Giants have.    The Cardinals have.   And if he would have stood on the podium with the SF or the StL emblazoned on his cap, you could understand, I came here to win.

But Max, don’t feed us this nonsense.   You wanted out from the shadow of Verlander, which, by the way, you were already.   And you wanted $210 million dollars.    But thank you for making it easier for us to say good bye.

As my mother used to say to my dad, who would laugh hysterically every time:   “At least he can feed his family now.”