The staff gathered together for a fun look at the lineup for this coming season. All of us played Brad Ausmus and picked our lineups.
"We are approaching Spring Training which is a good thing for a number of reasons. First, of course, its good for baseball fans’ sanity. Certainly Hot Stove action is fun and rumors are great to bandy about, but its no substitute for actual games. So to warm you up on this cold winter day and remind you that Detroit Tigers baseball is not very far away, we turn our attention to the lineup. Picking a lineup in January is akin to predicting NFL draft picks the day after the Super Bowl is over, but people write them and many many people read them. It’s good for a debate and keeps everyone engaged and excited about upcoming events. We gathered the staff of Motor City Bengals and presented them with a simple task, create your perfect Opening Day lineup. Some of us took the extra mile and sent a lineup for left and right handed pitching, but others picked what we think will offer the Tigers’ the best chance to win on a daily basis throughout the upcoming 162-game season."
We continued our Throwback Thursday feature by remembering a volatile Tiger of the past, Tony Phillips.
"In the weeks leading up to the disastrous strike of 1994 that would wipe out the latter third of the regular season, playoffs and World Series, the Detroit Tigers hosted the Boston Red Sox at Tiger Stadium on June 8. The Tigers were in fourth-place in the five-team AL East facing their divisional rivals, the second-place Red Sox. Detroit enjoyed one of their rare victories over Boston that season and romped to a 14-5 destruction. With the game winding down in the eighth inning, and both teams going through the motions as often happens in a late-inning blowout, Tigers’ leadoff man Tony Phillips hit a sharp grounder to Boston second basemen Carlos Rodriguez that bounced off his glove into the air. Rodriguez was able grab it on the bounce and quickly throw to first, but the speedy Phillips was safe. Moments later an E appeared on the Tiger Stadium scoreboard. On his way back to the Detroit dugout, Phillips glared up into the scorer’s booth and appeared to yell “Horseshit! That’s horseshit!” This angered the official scorer so much that he went to the clubhouse to confront Phillips and a shouting match ensued."