Friday, June 30, 2006

2006 Tigers Are Lysol For A Previously-Odiferous City

I wonder where Hiram Bocachica is? Or Kimera Bartee? I wonder if Gene Kingsale still follows the Tigers. Maybe Eric Eckenstahler tunes in the Tigers from time to time.

Sorry, Andujar Cedeno. Roger Cedeno, too. Apologies to Randy Veres and Phil Hiatt and Nate Cornejo. You've all been neatly replaced as Tigers memories.

The Tigers' roster since 1995, Sparky Anderson's last season, isn't exactly a Who's Who of baseball. In fact, it's more of a Who?

But those names, and other wretched ones like them, are now being properly put away, high in the attic of our minds. They are being replaced by ones such as Granderson and Verlander and Zumaya and Thames. And then some. Guys who can play the game.

One of the best things about a breakout season like the Tigers are currently enjoying is the antiseptic aspect of it. The 2006 Tigers are like a huge cloud of Lysol sprayed over the stench left over Comerica Park -- and Tiger Stadium -- by the above named offenders and their ilk.

Washing away now are memories of 43-119 and 53-109 and 65-97 and double-digit losing streaks and seasons in which 20 or so pitchers were used. Gone are times when the team was eliminated from serious contention by Easter. And some years, Easter comes in March.

It's a disinfecting season, 2006 is, and the smell is fresh and pleasant indeed.


Blogger Ozz said...

I remember catching part of a Tigers/White Sox game in Chicago in 1996 (before it ended up being postponed). When Duane Singleton came to bat for the Tigers, all I could do was shake my head. I felt so low rooting for a team that was depending on the likes of him and Eddie Williams.

Just for fun, I might have to look over the rosters of the losing years and see if I can come up with the lamest, most pathetic player for each position. Without even looking, I know that Greg Keagle would be the (disgr)ace of the pitching staff.

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