-- 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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
American Night at Comerica Park is a big hit
credit: Rolco Sports Network