The Filibuster

But aren’t we going to miss D-train? Haha.

Keith
Novi, MI

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dontrelle willis.jpgWhat a (seemingly) long, strange trip it has been on the D-Train. 

I think every Tigers’ fan was stoked when Dontrelle and Cabrera came over.  Sure, we were giving up a potential phenomenon in Maybin but Miggy?  The guy just hits.  And even though Dontrelle had some issues, he was young enough that it made sense to think he could rediscover his form and again be a dominating pitcher.

A couple years later it hasn’t turned out to be the steal it seemed at the time but, despite wasting all that money on the D-Train, the fact of the matter is that we still have Cabrera and he’s on pace for an MVP season.  Look further south and you’ll also notice that Maybin has been a huge bust so far. 

Hope springs eternal when you’re a fan and when you look at who Willis’ replacement is, you can’t help but think that maybe we’ll be all right.  Sure, Galarraga hasn’t been dominating in every start and has even been roughed up at times.  But a guy who has the stuff to throw a perfect game also has the stuff to be a solid addition to the rotation.

Honestly, I’m a little sad to see Willis go.  He didn’t pitch great for the Tigers but I always wanted to see the guy do well.  Maybe it was his goofy windup or maybe it was his promise as a pitcher but I couldn’t help but like the guy.

So, yes.  The D-Train has left D-Town.  And even though I won’t miss his abundance of walks and botched starts, I am going to miss the guy himself.

-A

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*Sightings of Maybin’s escaped talent also welcome.  We’d like to help the guy recapture it.

3 Comments

I’ve personally (even as a Red Sox fan from head to toe) really liked Willis. Seriously. I was really hoping for him to turn into an ace or something. When I heard the news, I was seriously shocked. I thought it was a joke, honestly. I hope he has a good career.
-Sun-Ui
http://gameaboveall.mlblogs.com/

I wish Willis all the best, too. He was real active in the Detroit community, and built a few Little League fields for the kids. Seems like all of his teammates liked him, too. I hated to see Maybin go at the time because we met him while he was in Grand Rapids and he was really cool about signing stuff for the kids.
–Mike
‘Minoring In Baseball’
http://burrilltalksbaseball.mlblogs.com

OH D-train has passed through Detroit and on to Arizona. I was shocked too. I didn’t notice until one day I was watching the Dodgers game and saw Willis in a D backs uniform haha

http://mimi.mlblogs.com

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