Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Ivan Rodriguez, we hardly knew ye.

Actually... that's not entirely true. The guy did spend nearly four years in a Tiger uniform, so I think fans of the team pretty much got to know the guy.

Anyway, the point is that the Tigers traded Pudge to the Yankees for a relief pitcher, Kyle Farnsworth. This works out well for both teams:

TIGERS
  • acquire solid help in the bullpen since the demotion of Todd Jones as closer
  • allow Brandon Inge to start more games at catcher; while he's a great defensive defensive third baseman, one should expect a third baseman to hit better
  • apparently Pudge has been something of a mope around the Tiger clubhouse lately, according to ESPN's Buster Olney
  • seriously, if you were a professional, would you go by the name "Buster"? I wouldn't.
YANKEES
  • who fucking cares about the fucking Yankees?
  • fuck you, Yankees
  • you suck, Jeter!
The point I wanted to make, though, was that Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez was the first big name to come to the Tigers after their disastrous 2003 season, in which they nearly broke the record for losses in a season. Detroit was just about the most hopeless franchise in all of baseball, yet Pudge — for reasons I still cannot fathom — decided to come to town as a free agent. That paved the way for others like Kenny Rogers to jump on board, and with solid talent coming up from the minors, the American League pennant followed in 2006.

So, in conclusion, thanks for helping to rescue my Tigers. You did some good work here, and we wish you the best of luck in New York.

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