It's a dark period in Michigan's history. Jobs are being shipped to Eastasia. The city's politicians are doubleplusungood. There's not much hope in the town of Detroit ... until the first pitch at Comerica Park.
Harwell's 1984 -- named in honor of the legendary Detroit Tigers broadcaster and their last World Series victory -- is a periodical examination of the Tigers by a foolish, foolish man determined to continue watching them. Big Brother is always watching Joel Zumaya go on the disabled list, we have always been at war with the Cleveland Indians, and the thought police are out back havin' a smoke.
If they win the World Series this year, no, the feature will not become "Impemba's 2009." That would be silly.
It's the 21st in history, but the best defensive play was Galarraga covering first to beat the runner by a half step.
His time in Detroit is over. It's bittersweet, but not necessarily the end of the Dontrelle Willis story.
He has power to all fields and gets it done in the ninth. Somehow this guy doesn't get enough credit.
With a sudden void at second base, Triple-A unknown commodity Danny Worth's been doing all right for the last week.
Some of his moves in an interleague road series proved just how much Leyland misses the pitcher hitting.
Then again, putting the veteran back into the infield might be the best medicine for the ineffective backend of the lineup.
The Tigers closer irked several Yankees fans by shakin' and shimmyin' after every strikeout, but mostly because the strikeouts were against their own team.
A trip to Toledo just may help the young twentysomething, while it's probably Armando Galarraga's turn to solidify the rotation like he did in 2008.
After just a month, I think everybody's surprised as to which center fielder/leadoff hitter is performing better.
When the Detroit Tigers keep coming back from large deficits, it takes its toll on the human psyche.
The rookies are limiting their mistakes. Willis, Bonderman, and Zumaya look healthy. Ordonez and Cabrera are pulverizing the ball. These are all comforting signs.
But what the heck does it mean for baseball fans? Spring training isn't really telling us much.
A mixture of anticipation and anxiety forced me to do this in January.
What's the point of signing a marquee closer when 2010 looks to be a starting lineup land grab?
A New York Post report says Granderson "could be had." Couldn't we all?
As a Tigers fan, it's the right thing to do, because you'd want Minnesota to do the same.
How the AL Central tiebreaker pretty much summed up the season and the love for the game. (Sappy, I know.)
Contrary to sportswriter opinion, this September collapse isn't all his fault.
How I should have caught a home run ball that would have turned the series around.
The `1984 World Series team ceremony moved God to tears. The game was rescheduled.