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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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An International Incident

galarraga_donald.jpgA friend of mine came into town from Venezuela a week ago and she came bearing gifts.  The first thing she handed me was a thoughtful yet dangerous history of the American cocktail.  So many recipes, so little time.  Next up was what is surprisingly my first Scrabble set. 

But the final item, although the smallest, was really what got me excited.  It’s a calendar handed out by the US embassy in Caracas where each month features a different Venezuelan major leaguer.  Of course there was the requisite Johan Santana and K-Rod but when I reached November and Miguel Cabrera swinging a bat, that was when I realized just how great of a gift it was.

I didn’t realize how amazing it was, though, until I turned the final page to an unknown pitcher for the Tigers.  Well, unknown at the time.  In the last couple days I think the entire country, even someone who has never watched a baseball game in their life, now knows who Armando Galarraga is.

And with all the events of the last couple days, I got to thinking.  Despite MLB’s reliance on Venezuelan superstar players, relations
between the two countries are not exactly warm.  Was it possible that Joyce’s blown call at first base was actually a conspiracy?  Was this a subtle thumbing of the nose toward the often belligerent president of Venezuela?  And if so, why, two days later, has Mr. Chavez still not weighed in on the subject?

We don’t have answers to these questions but with the weekend approaching and another edition of El Presidente’s weekly diatribe, “Alo Presidente”, set to hit the airwaves, you can be sure he’ll have something to say.  And as always, we here at RSBS will make sure to keep you updated on all the events.  Well, unless we get sucked into that first gift.  Who knew you could do so much with whiskey, sugar and a lemon?

-A

Special thanks to L for the calendar and all the other gifts.  Be safe down there.

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