Giants Celebrate in Our House: Ouch!
It was a little painful watching the San Francisco Giants celebrating their World Series victory in our home park right after they took Game 4.
The Giants cemented the win in the 10th, topping the unimpressive Tigers 4-3.
To be frank, the whole series had become rather painful. Maybe the Giants did Tigers fans a favor by getting it over with, and quick. The Tigers never looked as if they were in it to win. (Click here to read an analysis in the New York Times.)
Sadly, it was Miguel Cabrera, the guy the announcer said was the most feared hitter in baseball, who made the last out in the series. He didn't even swing.
As the late announcer Ernie Harwell would have said: "Cabreara stood there like the house by the side of the road." (Ok, let's not forget he hit a two-run homer earlier.)
It came down to this: The Giants were hot. The Tigers were not. The Giants were having a great time. The Tigers looked like they were waiting for their 5 Hour Energy Drink to kick in the whole time. It never did.
Bye Bye Jose Valverde. And who knows who else. See you in 2013.
The good news on Sunday? The Lions won.
Interestingly, Free Press writer Anthony Fenech reported this before the start of Game 4:
Tigers’ reliever Octavio Dotel joined MLB Network Radio prior to tonight’s Game 4 at Comerica Park and said that, among other things, he didn’t see the same kind of fight in this team as he did in last year’s World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. “I’ll be honest,” Dotel told Casey Stern, Jim Duquette and Jim Bowden. “I haven’t seen that here.
Detroit News columnist Lynn Henning wrote this on the day of Game Four:
A few hours before World Series Game 4, which might or might not be a few hours before the Tigers' curtain call for 2012, thoughts converge about how this team might look when spring camp convenes in 14 weeks.
Different, for sure, when it comes to the Tigers hiring a new bullpen closer. Different in that Victor Martinez will be back at designated hitter. Different at a corner outfield position. Different, perhaps, at shortstop.
Otherwise, it should be status quo, which is as it should be when a team just made the World Series because of its ground-floor strengths: starting pitching and the middle-order dynamite carried by Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder.