Detroit Tigers: Pressing Tigers, Viral Video, Standing Room Only
By Dave Holcomb
Baseball is full of cliches, and none more famous that “trying to do too much”. But sayings are cliches for a reason, and that reason is because they are normally true.
The Detroit Tigers do appear to be “trying to do too much”. Who can blame them? Losing 10 of 15 games isn’t fun for anybody. Pressing, however, is never a good thing.
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Examples of pressing were all over the place in Tuesday night’s game against the Oakland Athletics, yet that wasn’t the most memorable moment of that night. That belonged to an 8-year-old boy who caught Ben Zobrist‘s grand slam in the seventh inning. His reaction after the catch is priceless, and the video of it is going viral across the country. All Tigers fans should check it out. At the very least, it could help crack a smile and that is rare during six-game skids.
MCB seems to have a daily update on Justin Verlander, and Thursday’s update is the sell-out crowd expected in Toledo for his next rehab start.
All that is left for tickets to that game on Saturday is standing-room only tickets.
Tigers left to press as luck fades, losses mount – John Niyo, The Detroit News
"Because while third baseman Nick Castellanos was busy reminding everyone “this is the same team everyone was praising, big-time” after a fast start in April, his veteran teammate, Miguel Cabrera, was quietly — and accurately — suggesting his teammates were pressing.“We try to do too much,” he noted. “You see the mistakes we make.”And when they do, as everyone can see, closer Joakim Soria said, “That’s when enjoying the game becomes a problem.”"
Video of upset young Tigers fan who caught A’s home run, catching on all over the place – Edward Pevos, MLive.com
"The Detroit Tigers were winning 3-1 in the top of the 7th inning June 2, when Ben Zobrist hit the line drive home run to right field. James made a fantastic catch in the stands, using a catchers glove, nonetheless. At first, he was excited. But, then he realized the bad guys scored four runs to take the lead 5-3. That would stand as the final score.The Tigers broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit showed the boy’s reaction with the announcers commenting on it, making an unforgettable moment in the young James’s life even more amazing.Video of the catch and news stories of James’ reaction are being shown across the country, from New York to Oakland, California.Reports suggest the Tigers contacted the family to see if he would like to throw out the first pitch at tonight’s Tigers game. The family is traveling, however, and plans to reschedule."
Standing room only for Verlander’s next start in Toledo – James Jahnke, Detroit Free Press
"There are no seats available for the game at Fifth Third Field, a Mud Hens ticket representative said today, though there are a “couple thousand” standing-room-only passes. Those will cost you $10.SRO allows you to be anywhere in the concourse or in open space in the outfield.Verlander is a big draw, sure — Tigers fans flocked to the recovering Detroit Tigers pitcher’s first rehab start last weekend, in Indianapolis — but the Mud Hens actually were close to a sellout before the Verlander news came down Tuesday."