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Saturday, 12 May, 2012 0:21 AM

MLB Baseball All-Star Voting Continues

National League Pittsburgh Pirates On-Deck at Comerica Park

Graphic credit: Major League Baseball (MLB)

Several Detroit Tigers players are in the running for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game.

 

by Raymond Rolak
AmericaJR.com Web Team

 

 

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DETROIT -- During the recent west coast road trip, former Tiger Brandon Inge got a good natured visit by his ex-teammates in Oakland. His former manager Jim Leyland gave him a heartfelt hug. “I was just actually so glad to get a fresh start,” said Inge postgame. “I don't mean fresh start by trying to get out of Detroit. I mean fresh start by being able to start every day. I would’ve been very open to having a starting job in Detroit, too, because that’s home for me. That’s family. But I knew there wasn't going to be an opportunity. Getting an opportunity to start every day that was the key. That was my main goal.”

After the two game series in Chicago at U.S. Cellular Field, Detroit will settle in for a home stand. The weekend will have the Tiger’s hosting the National League Pittsburg Pirates.

It is always special to see a National League Team. The Pirates bring forth the memory of Bill Mazeroski’s famous home run in 1960 at Forbes Field. Mazeroski won the World Series for Pittsburgh with a game-winning home run off New York Yankee pitcher Ralph Terry in the bottom of the ninth inning. It is still the only time a World Series was won with a Game 7 walk-off home run. ‘Maz’ was elected to the National Baseball Museum and Hall of Fame in 2001 and the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame in 1979.

Mazeroski, now 76 said, “Heck, I thought it would be just another hit to win a ballgame. There isn’t a day that goes by that someone doesn’t ask me about it.” ‘Maz’ continued smiling, “I remember that they brought the 14 year-old boy that picked up the ball in Schenley Park. They brought him into the clubhouse with all that commotion and he wanted to give it to me. I signed it and told him to keep it. I heard later on that he used it in a sandlot game and lost it.”

The Pirates celebrate the deep Slavic heritage of Pittsburg with a small bit of hi-jinks at every game. They are home to the famous Mrs. T’s Racing Pierogies. The Pirates Pierogies are an important part of the in-game entertainment for all games at PNC Park. Following the end of the 5th inning, the Pierogies take the field to run the 280-yard Pierogi Race.

All in great fun, racing standings are even kept and the Pierogies also make various community appearances. Avid followers have their personal favorites from Sauerkraut Saul, Cheese Chester, Jalapeno Hannah and Oliver Onion. A former fan favorite was pierogi Potato Pete. That mascot pierogi has been retired but still makes occasional special appearances.

It will be a standing room only crowd at Comerica Park on Polish-American Night, June 1, against the New York Yankees. The pregame music will be provided by The Steve Drzewicki Band, The Kielbasa Kings and Big Daddy Lackowski and the La-De-Das.

It is time to get serious about helping your favorite players make the All Star Game in Kansas City. The Tiger’s have nine players on the ballot for the 2012 American League All Star Game.

A.J. Pierzynski, Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn all are Chicago White Sox players getting plenty of voting assistance for the All Star Game. Pierzynski, in his 14th season as a catcher is hitting .275. Supporters can vote up to 25 times for deserving players at www.allstargame.com.

Related Story: Polish American Night at Comerica Park is a big hit

 

Photo credit: Rolco Sports Network

Mazeroski won the World Series for Pittsburgh in 1960.

 

The Detroit Tigers will face the New York Yankees on Polish-American Night, June 1.

 

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