By: Holly Horning & Kurt Snyder
With 2 road games and a home opener in the books, what has drawn the attention of our writers?
Saturday’s segment is a day to touch on as many issues as possible. Let’s see what Holly and Kurt have on their minds this week. They don’t share their Saturday topics and it’s only for the readers’ benefit. So, expect a wide array of thoughts.
Will JaCoby Jones make fans forget about Cameron Maybin? Jones’ stellar catch during Friday’s Hope Opener probably would have put Maybin on the DL again. But that first at-bat, a HR no less, combined with Friday’s grace-under-pressure plate appearance, his speed and high-octane energy, makes us hope so.
Jose Iglesias dumped agent Scott Boras for Marc Anthony’s new sports and media agency which is focused on promoting and branding Latino sports players. Yet to be determined is whether this move will actually increase his chances of re-signing with Detroit. But Al Avila may have other plans as he has now attempted to trade Iggy twice since November.
If you still aren’t quite sure how hardcore and intense Ian Kinsler is about the game, watching him in Thursday’s very cold game in Chicago should leave no doubts. While the Tigers were batting, and when he wasn’t expected to hit in that inning, he was sitting with his teammates in the dugout. A long row of players bundled up against the cold, wearing hats, scarves, heavy jackets layered with hoodies and gloves – except for Ian who was sitting there with only an addition of shirt sleeves as his protection from the elements.
With all the drama brought on by the bullpen collapse yesterday, it was good to see 2 of the newest players turn things around in the end. Mikie Mahtook’s huge double to tie the game and JaCoby Jones’ battling base on balls to win it helped to send the big crowd home happy. Contributions from these guys will be huge every time we get them.
Name 2 guys watching the home opener yesterday who have grown used to bullpen collapses over the years and saw nothing new with their team yesterday. Yep, Al Avila and Dave Dombrowski watched their teams’ pens collapse and blow leads. Gladly, in the end, it was DD’s team whose pen not only blew the lead, but the game.
Justin Verlander certainly got my attention in Chicago after his win on opening day. He let it be known that the Tigers need to play and act with more of a sense of urgency. Keep your ears open this year for hopefully less downplaying of losses, regardless of when they occur. Because JV, as the clear leader of this team, sounds like he has heard enough.
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– Tons of video on all the top Tigers
– In the batting cage with Nick(olas)
– More CF shopping rumors
– Good news on Bruce Rondon
– Jones imitating Kinsler
– Updates on all the news and injuries hours before the newspapers report it
– JV’s killer commercial
– What JV and Lolich have in common
– The New Kaline mural
– Bat flips have been replaced with ????
– McCann’s interview evaluating all the young pitching talent