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Go Get ’Em, Tigers!

Posted on 2006.10.09 at 04:40
Current Mood: sillysilly
Current Music: Centerfield - John Fogerty
As you may know by now, the Detroit Tigers bounced the vaunted New York Yankees out of this year’s baseball playoffs on Saturday. After losing the first game, the Tigers won the next three, earning them a trip to Oakland to begin the American League Championship series against the Athletics starting Tuesday night. In case you didn’t know, I was born and raised in Detroit and spent a great many nights during my formative years in Tiger Stadium.

I’m not usually the sort to complain about the national sports media viewing everything through a New York-centric lens. Usually. But today I’m making an exception. The poll shown here appeared on the CNN-Sports Illustrated web site after the Tigers won game 3 by a score of 6-0. It strikes me as insulting at best and idiotic at worst. Just turn the tables – if the series had gone New York’s way, with Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez contributing key hits and the Yankees’ pitching shutting down the Tigers, do you think the poll would have asked who on the Tigers was to blame for the Yankees’ victories? Of course not! It would simply have been accepted as the natural order of things being in harmony. Most likely, the poll question would have been along the lines of, “Which Yankee deserves the most credit for their victories?” These folks at CNN-SI would do well to consider that maybe, just maybe, the Tigers are a very good team, and maybe that’s the overriding reason they came out on top. After all, they finished the regular season with a record almost identical to that of the Yankees (yes the Yankees were two games better, but after 162 games, that’s pretty darn close).

If the Tigers should win their series against the A’s and advance to the World Series, they would face either the New York Mets or the St. Louis Cardinals. If it’s the Mets, I suppose we can expect the New York-centric mentality to kick in once again. And if the Tigers should prevail over the Mets, I suppose the national media would then have to wonder what dreadful mistake the Mets could have made to cause this unfathomable state of affairs.

There. I feel better now. The bottom line is this: Go Tigers. Win it all and let the media say what they will. Someone at the Major League Baseball HQ in New York will still have to get the World Series trophy engraved with the words ‘Detroit Tigers.’ And they may utter whatever curses they wish while the engraving is being done – it won’t change a single word on that trophy!


meryddian at 2006-10-09 06:50 (UTC) (Link)
One of my roommates in NC was a big fan of the Mets. After seeing the Mets have a season like the Cubs had this summer (not only losing, but losing over 100 games in the season), I think it'd be fun to see them in the Series. I'm a bit conflicted over who I'd like to see in the Series, actually,



charlesofcamden at 2006-10-09 15:43 (UTC) (Link)
The Yankees should be very proud of their position as one of the greatest unifying forces in American society. Across divisions of race, culture, lifestyle, and economics, millions are able to agree on one thing - Anyone But The Yankees!
meryddian at 2006-10-09 17:07 (UTC) (Link)
Heh yeah... I tried to think of why people all hate the Yankees so much, and I couldn't figure it out. (I know why I hate 'em - I'm from Connecticut, so I'm a BoSox girl, and the whole 'Curse of the Bambino' thing.) Stinky NY powerhouse...

I think the quote that sums it up comes from Bull Durham: "Relax, all right? Don't try to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic."
charlesofcamden at 2006-10-09 18:22 (UTC) (Link)
Depend on you to make your point with a movie quote! :)

I think there are two main prongs in the fork we like to stick the Yankees with: One is that, out of the 103 World Series played to date, the Yankees have won 26 of them, and they've won 39 American League pennants. Whatever team is in second place isn't even close to those numbers. If you're not a New Yorker, you can get pretty weary of that level of success. That sort of dynasty also tends to engender an arrogance among the fans of that team. When you couple that with the historical image of NYC, particularly in how many New Yorkers view the rest of the country (and vice-versa), you have the makings of institutionalized antipathy.
(Anonymous) at 2006-10-12 00:04 (UTC) (Link)

Go get em Tigers!

Play the link on the left you will get the song.


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