Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Look Who's Hot in MLB
Call me a sucker for the underdog. I've got a soft spot for a player or team who battles against the oddsmakers as well as a predictably better opponent. That being said, there's a baseball team this season that was picked to finish fourth in it's division yet has held onto first since the first week. They've been either the worst or next to worst team in their league for so long that seeing them at the top of the standings seems sort of nostalgic. Not only are they in first place in their division but at 52-25 they sport the best record in major league baseball. Along with the Oakland A's, their one of the hottest teams in baseball.
I wouldn't want to jinx the Tigers with grand predictions, but I'd like to congratulate the players, coaches and owners for turning it around this season. I heard one radio sports analyst say they're the second best team in the league behind the Chicago White Sox; I say the Detroit Tigers are playing better ball than Chicago and are winning in many different ways.
So call them a suprise success story this season, call them a team inspired by a new coach, whatever you decide to call the Detroit Tigers this season you should include the term Winners with it. Compared to the past thirteen seasons, this one for the Tigers is gonna be Grrrrreat!
Detroit Tigers Wikipedia Info:
Founded: 1893, in the minor Western League. In 1900 that league was renamed the American League, and it became a major league in 1901. Detroit is the only charter member of the Western League to have remained in its original city.
Home ballpark: Comerica Park
Former ballparks: Tiger Stadium, Bennett Park
Uniform colors: Home: Navy Blue Old English "D" on white uniform. Navy is used as an accent color. Road: Detroit script in navy blue outlined in orange and white on a gray background. Navy, orange and white are used as accent colors. The Tigers are, along with the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies, one of only a handful of teams that do not wear a colored alternate jersey; this may be due to the fact that the Tigers home uniforms have been virtually unchanged since the 1934 season and there is no need for them to sport a "new look" because of this consistency and iconic status of the classic navy on white.
Logo design: An Old English font "D" with a roaring tiger walking through it, but that logo has been seen less in recent years. The Old English "D" without the Tiger appears on the home jersey while a slightly different version of the Old English "D" is present on the home cap (white "D" on navy blue) and road cap (orange "D" on navy blue).
Playoff appearances (11): 1907, 1908, 1909, 1934, 1935, 1940, 1945, 1968, 1972, 1984, 1987
Local Television: FSN Detroit, WMYD
Famous Fans: Tom Selleck, Tim Allen, Jeff Daniels, Jerome Bettis, Steve Yzerman, Kid Rock