Detroit Tigers Top 10 Most Memorable Moments of 2016

Apr 15, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler runs to first on a leadoff single during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 15, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler runs to first on a leadoff single during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 16, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus (7) walks off the field after getting ejected in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
May 16, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus (7) walks off the field after getting ejected in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

3. Brad Ausmus strips at home plate

One of the biggest complaints about Brad Ausmus is his lack of emotion during games. On May 16 in a game against the Minnesota Twins, Ausmus showed that he really does care. He was seriously angered by the umpire, Doug Eddings, and his strike calls against Nick Castellanos. Prior to Castellanos called strikes, other Tigers returned to the dugout complaining about Eddings’ strike zone.

As Castellanos walked back to the dugout in the fourth inning, Ausmus made his way back out. The reserved skipper was anything but. Eddings was hit with a barrage of swears accompanied by spittle-covered several shells of sunflower seeds. But, that wasn’t enough for Ausmus. He continued his tirade by removing his hat and his sweatshirt. Ausmus then used the sweatshirt to cover up home plate because Eddings couldn’t see it anyway.

Many people questioned whether or not the moment was staged. It did endear the fans to Ausmus, even if only for a short time. The sweatshirt was auctioned off for $5010 with the money going to the Detroit Tigers Foundation.