Archive for the Baseball Category

Hit Machine

Posted in Baseball, Detroit Tigers, Photos with tags , , , , , , on September 25, 2011 by trapperKeeper

Clincher (Fister)

Posted in Art, Baseball, Detroit Tigers, Photos with tags , , , , , , , on September 24, 2011 by trapperKeeper

Separation

Posted in Art, Baseball, Photos with tags , , , , , , , , on June 13, 2011 by trapperKeeper

Toe Tappin’

Posted in Baseball, Detroit Tigers, Photos, video with tags , , on September 6, 2010 by trapperKeeper

Without homo sapiens, there is no superstition, or baseball.  Superstitions exist to help humanity explain the unknown and provide comfort.  Rituals, whether ones passed down from ancient times or personally created, give us the illusion that we can impact events through action inspired by faith.  Belief in this illusion can result in breakthroughs in this realm.  Success is by no means guaranteed, but the endeavor can be embarked upon with greater confidence, thus improving the odds of success.  Therefore, it is easy to understand why baseball, like most athletics, is saturated in superstition.  While attending the Tiger games in Seattle, we noticed Gene Lamont has a strange third base routine. While attending the Tiger games in Seattle, we noticed Gene Lamont has a strange third base routine.  Follow the link: Third Base.

Detroit

Posted in Baseball, Detroit, Photos with tags , , on August 5, 2010 by trapperKeeper

I only had a chance to spend a little time in Detroit when I went back to Michigan to link up with family.  Stopping at the grounds of old Tiger Stadium, I was saddened to see that only a flag pole and the decaying field remain.  A place that once brought me great joy despite the fact the Tigers were a terrible franchise through the 1990s is now a vacant lot surrounded by a fence.  At least, I have the memories, of Cecil’s moon shot homer that landed on the roof and Mickey Tettleton’s batting stance, meeting Ernie Harwell and the long, old-school pee troughs.  In the big picture, Tiger Stadium was just another crumbling building with a rich legacy, only one among many in a city prosperity has forgotten.  This past weekend, I actually felt like I was back in Detroit for a few hours while attending some music in an outdoor park ensconced in the warmth only brick can bring.  That was about as funky as I’ve seen Seattle.  Detroit, I miss your architecture and funky spirit, but you’ll always have a place in my heart no matter where I may be.

Summer’s Upon Us/Baseball Is Here

Posted in Baseball, Photos, Stella with tags , , , , , on April 21, 2010 by trapperKeeper

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to attend the Tiger games in Seattle.  Unfortunately, the Tigers were blown out Friday as Jeremy Bonderman proved to be highly ineffective.  After a day of sunshine, the sky clouded up in the evening, producing occasional sprinkles.  Thus, we watched the game with the roof closed, which isn’t a bad experience.  The stadium is still open, so there is some feeling of being outside.  Being that the Mariners reside in Seattle, a city where spring and potential late October baseball would be played under a constant threat of a sprinkles, having a roof is logical.  Hard rain doesn’t happen to often in Seattle nor last very long, but rain delays almost always suck, especially ones that last for an hour+.  The retractable roof renders any rain powerless whether light or strong.  Anyhow, Saturday proved to be a better game with the Tigers’ only losing 4-2.  Justin struggled initially, but eventually settled down.  His solid effort was for naught though due to the offense’s ability to hit with men in scoring position.  More rain meant another closed roof game.

Waking up early to attractive lighting, I decided to forgo more sleep and got up to work on some things.  As game time approached, no clouds were showing themselves.  Sitting in the front of the bleachers, we were treated to a nice sun blast and a Miguel Cabrera blast.  I haven’t yet checked the distance, but it had to be a good 450 feet.  Clearing about ten rows, the ball shot through the stairwell opening.  Solid pitching kept the Tigers in the game, which wouldn’t have been so close if the Tigers had any ability to hit with runners in scoring position.  Austin Jackson led off with a triple.  Johnny Damon, who has been wielding a sharper looking stick lately, then got on base.  The next 3 Detroiters, the heart of the line-up, were unable to drive them home.  #24 redeemed himself by hitting that 3-run blast later on.  Getting 9 hits and walking 9 times, the team had plenty of opportunities to blow it open earlier.  Offense, specifically a lack of clutch hitting has continued to plague them into the Angels series.  Unless this trend is corrected soon, or the Tigers get to play the Royals and Indians many, many times, they will struggle to be anything more than a .500 team.

I have a lot more photos to edit from the games, but here is an initial batch.  Safeco Field is a good place to catch a game.  There are some flaws with it, but I can get into the pluses and minuses of the park the next time.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Posted in Baseball, Photos on October 8, 2009 by trapperKeeper

I attended a Mariners-White Sox game through work.  It lasted 14 innings, which was equal to the longest game I witnessed while working Detroit Tiger games as a young adult.  Safeco has some nice views of the Sound.