Sobering Realities and Pennant Races

The tragic event in New York today casts a shadow over tonight’s proceedings at Shea Stadium and at the Oakland McAfee Coliseum as playoff baseball continues.  With a feeling of exceptional gratitude for my family and friends, tonight I will try and enjoy the games with an appreciation for all their love, support and companionship that I hope to never take for granted.

I am attending a Tigers playoff party at my lady’s dad’s house.  It just so happens that most everyone attending except for me is originally from Detroit or nearby, and the energy all those Tiger fans have been exuding leading up to and during the playoffs has been highly contagious.  Despite the disappointment I felt after New York’s early exit, which now pales compared to the deep feeling of despair I have in my stomach for the Lidle family, I am quite sure the same joyous, electric atmosphere will be there tonight and I will get caught up in the mood.

I hope both games are exciting, fun, full of baseball drama, and that a good time is had by all at the games and watching or listening at home.  Though I never knew him, I would like to imagine that it is what Cory would want.  Whether you choose to watch the games or spend your evening in some other endeavor, I hope you all have a safe and good night, folks.

Let’s play ball.  Lineups for the games are in the extended.

Here’s the lineup.  I’m sorry I didn’t have time today to do a gamer write-up, but the players are hyperlinked if you want to read about the guys tonight.

GAME 2 ALCS (Detroit Leads 1-0)

Detroit
C. Granderson cf
N. Perez ss
P. Polanco 2b
M. Ordonez rf
C. Guillen 1b
I. Rodriguez c
C. Monroe lf
A. Gomez dh
B. Inge 3b
J. Verlander p

Oakland
J. Kendall c
M. Kotsay cf
M. Bradley rf
F. Thomas dh
E. Chavez 3b
J. Payton lf
N. Swisher 1b
M. Scutaro ss
D. Jimenez 2b
E. Loaiza p

15 comments… add one
  • It’s pouring here in the city. The NL game is called.

    YF October 11, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • Post edited to remove the NL lineups. I feel so very sad for the Lidles.

    attackgerbil October 11, 2006, 7:58 pm
  • Carlos Guillen was the last batter to face Lidle (5th inning of last Saturday’s game).

    Hudson October 11, 2006, 8:55 pm
  • It’s especially sad that in his last days, Lidle was being attacked for basically seeming to tell the truth — or at least be honest about what he was thinking. There’s no evidence at any rate that he was nothing but a class act, and anytime the sport loses one of those, it’s very sad indeed.

    Paul SF October 11, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • Suspenseful moment here: Detroit is up by three, bottom of the ninth, 2 runners on for Oakland, and Milton Bradly — who has two home runs on the night already — is at the plate, trying to tie it up.
    Bradley singles off Todd Jones.
    Imagine if Frank Thomas walks off with a grand slam here… Unlikely, but…

    Hudson October 11, 2006, 11:27 pm
  • Congratulations, Tigers. Final in Oakland 8-5. Very entertaining game to watch. What a ninth.

    attackgerbil October 11, 2006, 11:28 pm
  • Nothing doing. Thomas flies out, Detroit leads the series, two games to none.

    Hudson October 11, 2006, 11:29 pm
  • Detroit is going back home with a 2-0 lead, and that bottom ninth inning was one of the most tense scenes I have seen recently.

    attackgerbil October 11, 2006, 11:29 pm
  • Has anyone in NY heard Mike and Mad Dog say anything on this yet?
    I listend to the way they treated Lidle and it made me sick to think that while they were telling him he had no business enjoying the beautiful fall day he was just a one day away from the end.

    LocklandSF October 12, 2006, 10:21 am
  • LocklandSF: I was tuned in to Mike & the Mad Dog for the late part of the show yesterday.
    They devoted the rest of the show pretty much to Lidle, and they acknowledged that they had been hard on him. They had Lidle’s former pitching coach (from the A’s) on.
    Overall, they both seemed shaken and handled it pretty well, all things considered.
    I guess the question is: Does an experience like that change their approach in the future? Maybe take an edge off their interviews and statements? I kind of doubt it.

    Hudson October 12, 2006, 10:56 am
  • That said, Mike & the Mad Dog are hardly the only ones who took Lidle to task for his comments.
    I’ll spare the commenter by leaving the name out, but it was stated here not so long ago:
    “As for stupid public blame comments, Cory Lidle almost certainly earned himself a one-way ticket out of town.”
    Ouch.

    Hudson October 12, 2006, 11:00 am
  • cory was somewhat of a local legend here in southern california. he played on a high school team that featured both giambi’s and aaron small. he married his high school sweetheart.
    here’s the article that ran this morning in his home town paper:
    http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_4478627

    sf rod October 12, 2006, 2:18 pm
  • Is there anything more annoying than David Eckstein sprinting to first base on a walk? What is this, little league?

    SF October 12, 2006, 10:50 pm
  • David Eckstein is one of those guys that has been under my skin forever. It seems that he always is beating out an infield single against the Yanks, making a gutsy play, he’s so fricking annoying to me and I respect him immensely because of that. Gah. Fricking Ecskstein! I can’t tell you how many times I have said that.

    attackgerbil October 13, 2006, 1:04 am
  • For the record, Eckstein isn’t the only guy who does that. I seem to remember Trot doing that in the last series of the season, and someone during the Tigers/Yanks series. He probably does it more consistently than most…

    Quo October 13, 2006, 7:43 am

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