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Oct. 19 2012

How ’bout them Tigers!

By Mark Malinowski | Posted in Host Blogs | 1 Comment

Yesterday, the Detroit Tigers completed a 4-game sweep of the slumping NY Yankees, and won the American League Pennant, and an 11th trip to the fall classic, the World Series.  Being a native of Detroit, I was ecstatic about the victory, not only because I wanted to see the Tigers in the Series, but I liked the fact that it was the Yankees they beat.  I know, I know, everyone hates the Yankees.   I don’t necessarily HATE the Yankees, but Detroit and NY have had a long running rivalry, and I remember back in the day where there were only 9 teams in each league, when Detroit was not playing its best ball, the one team that we seemed to do well against consistently was NY.  I grew up with it.

Of course, I now live in Baltimore, and have followed the Orioles for the past 14 years that I have been here.  I must say, I found this last season exciting, and was genuinely glad for the Orioles when they made it to the post-season.  I have to admit, I was not looking forward to a Detroit/Baltimore pennant series.  It would have been a gut-wrenching experience for me.  I would have been happy to see the O’s win the pennant, but I just didn’t want Detroit to lose.  It would not have been a good situation for me.  But I feel that next year, the O’s will be the team to beat in the American League.

I like sports, although I am not a rabid sports fan.  About the only sport I play is tennis, and I like to follow the major tennis tournaments. I enjoy football, a little basketball, even golf on TV can be fun, but there is nothing like baseball. The great comedian George Carlin did a routine comparing baseball to football, and if you look him up on U-tube with the baseball/football comparison, you’ll see it.  Very funny, and a lot of truth to it, as well.

For me, there is nothing in any sport as beautiful to watch as a perfectly executed double play.  It’s like a ballet, and I even love to see it when the opposing team executes.  A thing of beauty.  There is nothing in any sport more dramatic than the bottom of the 9th, two out, bases loaded, a 3-2 count.  Batter vs pitcher–mano y mano.  I also like the fact that in baseball, the coach (manager) wears the same uniform the players wear.  He is part of the team. I love that solidarity.   I also feel that any game that is NOT regulated by a clock is superior to any game that IS regulated by a clock.  In baseball, you play until the game is over, and the play itself determines that, not some clock.

You might have surmised that I like baseball.  I do.  I think it is the great American pastime,  and while I look forward to my Tigers in the World Series  (Perhaps another Detroit/St. Louis matchup, a la 1968?) the end of the baseball season always makes me a bit sad.  I like football, but i welcome the end of the football season.  By that time, I’ve had enough.  I don’t pay enough attention to basketball or hockey to care that much, but I hate to see the baseball season end, and when it does, I’m already looking forward to spring training.

Mark Malinowski

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One Response to How ’bout them Tigers!

  • gerald galuardi says:

    I too love baseball.

    Football, as George Will once said is periods of violence interrupted by committee meetings. If you haven’t already done so, look up the writings of Bart Giamatti about baseball.

    “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring”. Rogers Hornsby

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