Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Pessimistic Guide to the Detroit Tigers Spring Training

If you’ve spent any time on the internet in the past month, odds are you’ve run across someone posting constant reminders on how many days until pitchers and catchers report. Spring Training is coming, huzzah! Hooray for Grapefruit League Action! (INSERT PLAYER HERE) is feeling great and ready to win a championship!

This is because people every year seem to forget that Spring Training is long, boring, and annoying.

“I’m in the best shape of my life”, we’ll hear countless times. Recently injured players always feel 100%. Guys who have struggled in recent times are looking better than ever. The manager and coaches will tell reporters that players that have never produced are now knocking the cover off the ball. The rarely televised games will see actual MLB players out of the contest by the 5th inning in most cases.

Basically, Spring Training is the month-plus of lies and nonsense leading up to actual baseball in April. If you’re an eternal optimist, incredibly gullible, and/or a reporter getting paid to be in Florida instead of Michigan in February/March, I guess it’s a nice time. For me, though, it’s a month of reading and hearing things reported that I can’t understand any rational human believing.

So instead of the sunshine and puppy dog tails that you’re likely reading everywhere else, let’s flip Two Face’s coin to the other side. What DOOM and GLOOM are waiting for us in the upcoming months?

Let’s examine these nightmares in our Official Pessimist’s Guide to the Detroit Tigers Spring Training!

(Note: Since roughly 80% of the Tigers fanbase seems to have the sense of humor of Bill O’Reilly watching The Daily Show, this is where I must remind everyone that this is mostly for entertainment purposes. Sigh.)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Keeping Score: 2006 ALCS Game 4, A's vs Tigers

On occasion, I’ll sit down with my laptop and do a running stream of consciousness thing as a game goes on. I call it “Keeping Score” because I’m unoriginal and/or not very bright. It's been a while, but past games I’ve done can be found here, if anyone is interested.

Since there’s not a lot to talk about quite yet, I thought I could do a few of these with some big games from the past. A couple weeks ago, I got a DVD set called “The Essential Games of the Detroit Tigers”. Included are Game 5 of the 1968 World Series, Game 5 of the 1984 World Series, the final game at Tiger Stadium from 9/27/99, and Game 4 of the 2006 ALCS. I also have a DVD of Justin Verlander’s first no-hitter sitting around here somewhere, too, that I’ve never watched.

I decided to begin with the 2006 game. I’ve never seen the television broadcast of the game since I was in attendance for it. The night before, I dropped something like $650 for a pair of tickets in the third row down the third base line. After over 20 years of watching the team play mostly bad baseball, if they were going to make the World Series, I wanted to be there. It was worth it.

Enjoy. I hope it brings back some fun memories.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Back From the Dead

After six long months, our national nightmare is over. Daddy has come home. Tell your friends.

Howdy, jerks. Welcome to TigerSnark, possibly the only voice of reason in online Detroit Tigers writing. Due to a toxic combination of personal reasons, apathy toward the team, disgust with the media, Don Kelly taking up a roster spot, and the leftover bitter taste of the Doug Fister trade, this site has remained dormant for half a year. I’ve decided to give it one more shot.

For the uninformed, this blog is an attempt at a humorous look at the Detroit Tigers baseball team and those that cover it. Try not to take it too seriously. I’m writing this from Toledo, Ohio, a 45 minute drive from Detroit, which is famous for its undrinkable tap water, unnecessary road construction, and the world’s largest collection of poor tattoo art…usually on the neck. (I basically live in the world’s largest Walmart.) Our mayor dropped dead last week. Welcome.

In the coming weeks leading up to the season, I plan on revisiting some games from the past, getting caught up on the past six months of news, and putting focus on the upcoming season. Unlike last year in the wake of the Fister debacle, I’ve come to miss baseball, miss writing about it, and am looking forward to the upcoming campaign. But first, I want to address an issue that shows no signs of improvement. This issue is the ongoing disconnect between many fans and the media.