There. Made me a Tigers icon. This is Pudge grinning hard enough to split his head open after last night's homer. Seemed appropriate for my first Tigers icon, as that homer made me realize that, wow, I've fallen as fast and hard for the Tigers as I did for the Red Sox. (Which means, incidentally, that the upcoming series between the two teams - May second through the fifth - might make my head blow up. I want them both to win. However, since it's a four-game series, they could split it. That would be okay.)
You know, it took that miserable loss of Game Seven in 2003 to make me realize
how much I had come to love the Red Sox. To this day, I'm not sure if the devotion would have taken hold to such a degree if they had won. Or maybe I just wouldn't have realized it like I did - I mean, a win doesn't make you examine things like a loss does. But that was how it was brought home to me that I had truly come to love the team. Because even after that loss, I was hooked, and I was staying, and I couldn't wait for April.
But for the Tigers, it's a major hit at a crucial moment that brings home the love. Does this say anything about how I've evolved as a fan? Or is it a timing thing? If the Sox had won last night and I hadn't needed something to cheer me up, would it have made such an impact? The answer to that is probably yes, but I can't help wondering anyway.
Jesus, it's snowing
in Detroit. So no Tigers game tonight. Ha, and up here people are bitching 'cos it's raining.
In news of other teams, manderspander
has brought it to my attention that the Yankees/Rangers game was a day game today. The final score? 10-2. The winners? NOT THE YANKEES.
I'm reading the play-by-play right now, and it is delicious. Errors. Pop-ups. Fly balls. Double plays. Meanwhile, the Rangers are getting hits. Singles. Doubles. Homers. Multiple-run homers. Wow.
All the Yankees can seem to do these days is walk. Well, at least A-Rod hit a single, so that's nice for him. Damn expensive single, though. Way to earn that paycheck, Princess.
And do you know the best part? Do you? Well, I'll tell you. The best part is that, according to my admittedly shaky standings math, the Yankees are in last place. They are behind the Devil Rays by half a game.
I'm going to repeat that in boldface now.The Yankees are in last place. They are behind the Devil Rays by half a game.
I suddenly don't mind the Sox losing last night.
It has also come to my attention that the Astros, who also had a day game, lost to the Cardinals. By one run. 1-0 in the tenth inning. This is me officially giving up on my little ritual.
But you know what? I hardly even care.
Because the Yankees, finally and officially, truly and genuinely, logically and mathematically, SUCK.