Detroit Tigers

It is time for another Tiger’s blog. I’m going to try to post one of these blogs every Saturday throughout the season and since there was some big news yesterday about the Tigers, I figured why not now?

Ausmus announced yesterday that David Price will start for Opening Day, ending Verlander’s streak at 7 consecutive.

Price is clearly the better pitcher at this point in their careers so it makes sense. Although, Max Scherzer didn’t start Opening Day last year and all he did was win the Cy Young the year before. So we have seen Ausmus not make sense. In fact, I felt that Ausmus made a lot of decisions last year based on how Leyland would have handled it and I thought that was a mistake. So maybe this is a good departure.

Opening Day starter isn’t really that big of a deal anyway, in terms of things that matter during the season, match-ups, wins and losses, stuff like that. It is more of a ceremonial thing. And I think that ceremonially this is still Verlander’s pitching staff. He is your highest paid guy, he has been the face of the franchise for years and years, he is the leader. So it is a little strange not to give it to him, especially when you make media comments like you expect him to be “lightyears” better than last year and things like that.

But Price is the better pitcher, deserves it based on merit in that regard, and they are probably leveraging him a little bit to stay in Detroit come next fall. Showing him that they would allow him to be the ace of the staff, something that I’m sure is important to him. I don’t doubt this decision came from way up the chain. Whatever the reason, Price should be viewed as the ace of this staff and aces start Opening Days.

On to other things: I will be attending Opening Day with my father for the 16th consecutive year. This is something my Dad makes sure I have the opportunity to do every year and for that I am extremely grateful. We always have a great time ushering in Spring and a new season together. It is something I look forward to for months every year.

I am hoping to put together a write-up of who I think they Tigers should bring north once camp breaks and what my final roster, rotation, and lineup would look like for Opening Day within the next two weeks.

 

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I figured I might as well talk about my favorite comedians.

It start and ends with George Carlin. The man had the balls to say whatever he needed to say without fearing the consequences of his actions. His special at Carnegie Hall is one of my personal favorites. He walks out, while the crowd is still cheering him on, he calms them all down and opens with “You ever notice that the people protesting at abortion clinics are people you wouldn’t want to fuck in the first place”. It killed, and it still kills me just to think he had the balls to open Carnegie Hall in the midst of applause with a joke that harsh and crude and out there.

The man was a wordsmith like no other, like we all know, and he never used any material from his own life in the act. All of it was stuff he observed from his many years in New York and the news. He was one of a kind, and to me, he cannot be beat.

In today’s world I think Louis CK is tops, he is much like Carlin but he pulls heavy from his personal life.

In the past, Bill Cosby, Robin Williams, Richard Pryor in his late years, Patrice O’Neal, and the great Don RIckles.

I want to bring up Jerry Seinfeld. I love him. If you value a comedian’s contribution to television, then Seinfeld flies right up to close to the top of this list. Seinfeld is my favorite television show by far. Nothing is even a close second. I think it was the funniest show to ever be made and Seinfeld maintained a great standup career before during and after creating the funniest show ever made.

All I’m saying, Seinfeld doesn’t get enough credit, even though Carlin was a god.

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One of my heroes is Bruce Lee. He is probably in the top 10 of most interesting and physically gifted men to ever live. Just go to Youtube, and check out some videos titled ‘Bruce Lee Inspirational’ and you will see what I mean.

I don’t love his movies, mostly because the fight scenes are fake, and while it shows off a lot of his skills I would much rather watch him take on two guys in ping pong when he is using nunchucks.

He was as smart as he was physical, which is extraordinary. He developed his own martial art style, Jeet Koon Do, and philosophy to go with it. It is pretty radical in its simplicity and ease of understanding.

I particularly find his ‘Be like water’ philosophy to be extremely inspirational.

He describes water as something that takes the form of whatever it is placed within, engage your surroundings, embrace your circumstance, and understand how to make whatever situation you find yourself in the best it can be. Adapt. Water is formless, be formless. He didn’t believe in fighting style, just fighting as a human.

He also said that water can do two things; it can either flow or crash. You can either flow with a situation, an environment, or you can crash against it, try to hold it back from happening. He said both were appropriate actions when the time called for it. There is a time to flow and a time to crash.

He believed that humans were a combination of natural instincts and control. And that the best at what they did understood how to bring those two into harmony. Too far in one direction would cause a man to be wild while too far in the other and he would become mechanical, with no imagination.

It is easy to understand but difficult to achieve. Maybe that is why it is so beautiful. Learning to be like water looked easy for him, but it is difficult for me. I tend to crash when I should’ve flowed and vice versa. It is hard to keep your instincts on a long enough leash to guide you but not control you.

I know I’ll never master a two finger push-up, or a one inch punch, but I do work on being like water. Maybe one day I will have a better understanding of what it means and a deeper grasp on just exactly how to read a situation well enough to achieve it. Until then, I just keep watching kick-ass videos on Youtube.

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Bipolar Thoughts

I don’t get to stay up too late too much anymore.

9:45 and I’m checked out on most nights. It is threefold in nature. First, I have to be up somewhat early for my almost hour long commute to work most days, but really that is the least of the reasons. Second, I have a daughter that gets up even before I have to get up for work, but my wife generally deals with her so this also is not a big ordeal for me. Third, and obviously most important, are my pills. I take a sleeping pill that makes me feel hungover if I don’t get enough sleep. On top of that I take three other pills that all make me drowsy. I generally take these around 9:30, and I’m zonked in a quarter hour.

On nights I want to stay up later I simply don’t take my sleeping pill and wade through the drowsiness of the others until it wears off.

But then I generally have another issue that messes with my sleep. Usually, on days I don’t want to sleep early are party days. And party days make me extremely anxious. So much so that I have to take a few milligrams of Klonopin. Once I imbibe on some alcohol the Klonopin in my system just shuts me down and I have to sleep. The drunkest I ever felt was one day where I had six milligrams of Klonopin and one scotch. This shit is serious. I used to think I could man up and tough my way through a Klonopin an alcohol combination but it always got the better of me. Never try it.

The sad part now is that it is very hard for me to enjoy myself in a large social setting. I have to be on Klonopin or alcohol, but not both.

If you see me out at night at a party, I’m probably not enjoying myself as much as it seems.

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