NOTABLE NEWS

By:  Holly Horning & Kurt Snyder

We liked it so much in the off-season, Notable News will continue to live on throughout the season. After all, what’s more notable than when the team is actually playing for real?

Opening Day has come and gone. The Tigers will continue to fight the cold season heading into the weekend. So what’s on the minds of our writers as we kick off another season of Totally Tigers?

Holly and Kurt don’t normally share their topics with each other in the interests of getting a wider range of perspective. Let’s see what they have for today.   Probably pretty obvious after yesterday’s extravaganza…..


HOLLY

Opening Day is always the news of the week even though you really can’t make any observations after just one game – that is, until this one.

This was an emotional and physical roller coaster of a day with lots of ups and downs all the way through the entire game. Great moments of coming back and tying the score and other moments of frustration including leaving the bases loaded twice with no outs.

But what really stuck with me, other than the surreal moment in the bottom of the 10th inning, was that this team has some real fight in it unlike what we’ve seen in past years. The players seemed more aggressive at the plate and on the base paths, practiced more patience and appeared much more focused and engaged unlike those years under Ausmus. Heck, they even looked, down to every man, like they were having lots of fun.

Despite the final score, I’d like to think that Ron Gardenhire is responsible for putting the claws back on these cats which should make for a much more interesting year for fans.


KURT

So yeah, Opening Day. We all know how challenging this season will be to follow. But do we have to work this hard for a victory this soon; right from the get-go?

You have to give the boys credit. They didn’t lay down. Victory was the desired result for all of them and they acted like it. But what does Opening Day say about how difficult wins are going to be to achieve?

It was such a bitter-sweet day and I didn’t actually even see it! I was following by radio until the signal faded away while driving to Chicago and then of course, text messages from family, readers and Holly.

They kept me engaged. But what a game to kick things off!  It was loss #1. I’m assuming there can’t be more like this, can there?


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26 thoughts on “NOTABLE NEWS

  1. Abuse of replay. Call reversal had no irrefutable evidence. You “experienced” an exhilarating win and 5 minutes later they have to call the Bucs back out of the clubhouse on “frame by frame” review. Gardy has em ballin’ but why let VerHagen and Stumpf enter with the game tight in the eighth? Should have brought Alex Wilson in first, don’t you think?,

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  2. How can the Tigers call yesterday`s attendance a “sellout” when standing room tickets still remained? Apparently, the ENTIRE block of tickets were not sold out. The crowd was announced at 42,516. Bigger crowds and more tickets were sold on the dates of 4/8/11 (44,799) vs. KC, 4/5/13 (45,051) vs. NY and 7/26/08 (45,280) vs. Chicago. These numbers are facts as published in the media guide….

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    • Hi, Chuck – You bring up some good points. According to MLB, tickets “sold” also include tickets given away. Attendance has minimal correlation with how many actually go through the turnstiles. In other words, one can manipulate figures to one’s preferences. I noticed, as well as others who posted photos on Twitter, that there were several very large swaths of sections that were completely empty near both LF and CF/RF. I guess everyone “sitting” there decided to all go get food at the same time. 😉 Thanks for continuing the dialog! – Holly

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      • Holly, the Kabuki dance that teams play with attendance figures always reminds me of my uncle when I was a little lad telling me to….’ pull this finger.’

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  3. Tigers blew chances to score twice, bases loaded and no one out, and could not get one run. Nick showing his lack of defense on a ball that should have been caught in the ninth. Machado throwing a ball over Miggy’s head that allowed two runs to score. They might not have laid down but they did not help their cause. A very disappointing loss but sloppy play.

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  4. A wild, exciting opener with a bit of everything for sure, a lot of resilience and a “new” look on these NEW Cats can all be attributed to Gardy. 161 more games of this effort will produce my 81 wins prediction.

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  5. On the controversial call at home: The only thing I aw was that maybe the glove caught the end of Nick’s shirt sleeve, as you can see it move like it may have been touched by the glove. Rod continued to talk about getting tagged on “the elbow”. Time to trade in the old Hank Hill Specials, Rod.

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  6. I don’t believe there was a camera in that stadium that had a better view of the play at home than the umpire had. His positioning was spot-on and he did not hesitate to make the call. I watched those replays ad-nauseum and didn’t see one with conclusive evidence warranting the call to be overturned.

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    • On a bang bang, instantaneously quick and close play like that, being right on top of it is often the worst view….many umpire and referee calls have been overturned due to this factor…one’s eyes can play tricks on one…

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      • The Tigers have asked MLB for a copy of the video on which the overturned call was based. It is their right to review this video, so it will be interesting to see what happens next. Stay tuned………

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  7. Horrible sloppy performance. Sure that call was controversial, but common man…Bases loaded twice with nobody out and they do not even come close to scoring a single run? Errors or what should have been errors, station to station base running, questionable reliever moves, The only thing missing yesterday was a ‘clown car’…maybe the owner and his GM’s, AA and Holland were using that vehicle Friday.

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  8. MLB should put a clock on the time allowed for reviews. If you can’t over turn the call on the field after
    3 or 4 minutes of frame by frame review go with the umps original decision. If the standard to overturn is ” clear and convincing” it should only take a few minutes.

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  9. Excellent opening day game with plenty of enthusiasm. I may have missed it but I didn’t see V. Mart in any of the excitement, was it me? It’ll be interesting to see how the “older” best writers paint this game

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  10. A blown call is like a bad hop or a scalded line drive right at the defender–bad luck. At least it used to be. Unlike football, where you have to scan the field for flags after every touchdown, baseball used to have the admirable quality of “What you see is what you get!” Replay challenges destroy the pace of the game and should be eliminated.

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    • Especially when the reviewer doesn’t follow the rules governing reviews. There is an initial 2 minute limit on reviews. When that time expires, the Review Official is directed to make a call. If he can’t, the original call stands. Him needing an extra 1 minute and 41 seconds voids the review and the original call stands. See “Review of Replay Rule” at MLB.com.

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    • You forget Jim Joyce’s call (Father of the Instant Replay) on Armanda Galarraga’s blown perfect game. After that, Instant Replay was imperative to bring the game to modern standards. Unfortunately, reviewing a play frame-by-frame for several minutes and then reversing the call kills the spirit of an umpire’s spontaneity in the heat of the moment. Yesterday’s decision was an abuse of instant replay.

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  11. Great comments Holly. I’m disgusted by the call, Detroit team getting ‘jobbed’ again. Main thing: your right Holly, in years gone by the tigers never would have played a game this great, going down in heroic defeat. I actually rooted for them, thank you gardinhire.

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  12. Encouraged by the hustle for sure. Kurt, message me about how I can help with your missing the game after the radio signal faded while driving. Not a problem to fix. Go Tigers.

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  13. This theme that they showed lots of fight, going play right way etc this year is sort of laughable is just honeymoon period for fans with new manager. Wait till this team is out of it by mid may and see how many feel this way. This will only get worse before gets better as tigers aren’t trying this year and it’s sad as any sign of good individual play will be rewarded by being shipped out of town (except new 3rd baseman and miggy contract).

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