Amazing play by Daniel Murphy of the Mets (yes, amazing play by the Mets) [Nine Commandments]
Video: Fan Dons Man Bra In Support Of Manny [Bugs And Cranks]
Jordan Crawford Speaks To ESPN's First Take About His Dunk On LeBron [Outside The Boxscore]
The Mooks Of Kickball: Part DEUX [Steady Burn]
FIFA We Have A Problem [Rumors And Rants]
Team USA remains undefeated [The 5th Corner]
On Golfing For The 1st Time [Major League Jerk]
Blank Slate: Albert Pujols [Style Points]
Young As You Feel: Tim Wakefield [Josh Q. Public]
Santonio Holmes is Funny [PSAMP]
JeMarcus Russel is trying to make Tom Cable a loser [Just Blog Baby]
Soriano is not good enough to complain [Zoner Sports]
Breaking down Milton Bradley's hitting problems [Not Qualified to Comment]
Man Muscles Is Official [Babes Love Baseball]
Don't mess with Sotomayor [Hugging Harold Reynolds]
Congratulations to Brandon Inge on working hard and having a terrific season to earn himself a roster spot in the 2009 All-Star Game (and congrats to the fans on voting their Tiger in--truly a great effort by all Detroit and Philly fans). The Tigers now have four players in this year's All-Star Game (Justin Verlander, Edwin Jackson, Curtis Granderson, and Brandon Inge). It's hard to believe the Tigers had only the obligatory representative last year in Carlos Guillen. Congratulations to all the Tigers in this year's All-Star Game. Treasure it, it appears Inge already is.
here are your Wednesday Winks:
Operation Vote Inge [Roar of the Tigers]
All-Star game commercial is the worst [Major League Jerk]
AL Awards through June [Club Seat]
McDyess to the Spurs? [Motown String Music]
The Ultimate Man Wall [Back Porch: FanHouse]
Dempster injury latest to star-crossed cubbies crib [Cubbies Crib]
Dempster is twinkle toes [Babes Love Baseball]
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson humps interviewer [video] [Sports Rubbish]
Tyler Kennedy and Kris Letang do the weather [PSAMP]
Stephen A. Smith is annoying while covering everything [NESW Sports]
A tour of the Brett Favre Minnesota mansion [No Guts, No Glory]
The Resurgence of Derrek Lee [Not Qualified to Comment]
10 other things confiscated by Nike regarding Lebron [Fan Sided]
Grant immunity in the Knicks City Dancer auditions [Steady Burn]
RIP Simona Halep's former breast friends (tehe) [The Nine Commandments]
What m akes a wrestler the good guy or the bad guy? [Paneech]
Separated at brith: Try a Salad [Hugging Harold Reynolds]
Hooters girl shows off her beer trick [The World of Isaac]
From the Detroit Tigers:
The Detroit Tigers have teamed with the Philadelphia Phillies to vote for both Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge and Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino in the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote.
The Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies organizations, two of baseball’s most storied franchises, are encouraging businesses located throughout Michigan and Pennsylvania to allow their employees time today and tomorrow to vote for Inge and Victorino.
Tigers fans who vote for Inge at least 100 times on www.tigers.com in the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote are now eligible to win a “Deliver the Game Ball to the Mound” fantasy package.
The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity allows a fan to deliver the game ball to the pitcher’s mound prior to the first pitch and two infield box seats and parking for the Tigers game on Tuesday, August 4. Additionally, the winner will receive a Tigers batting practice jersey, dinner for two in the Champions Club, a picture taken at the pitcher’s mound during game ball delivery and a scoreboard announcement of the winner’s name as they deliver the game ball.
Vote for Inge and Victorino online at www.tigers.com/vote or www.phillies.com. Fans have until 4 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, July 9 to vote. The winners, as chosen exclusively by online fan voting totals will be announced on MLB.com shortly thereafter.
Mobile voting is available exclusively on Sprint capable mobile phones and fans can send the word "Vote" to 1122 to receive the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote ballot. Standard text rates apply. In Canada, fans should text the word "Vote" to 88555.
Do not forget that if Brandon Inge is voted into the All-Star Game, Detroit4lyfe will send any reader who provides their mailing address by Sunday, July 12 at 11:59 PM with a free Detroit Tigers key chain. Vote a million times for Brandon Inge (you can) and then send me your address so we can get you your free Detroit Tigers key chain.
I also realize this has turned into a Brandon Inge campaign website lately. I assure you, regular posts will return very soon.no comments
It's almost 36 hours until the Final Vote for the last American League All-Star spot ends. In case you don't already know, Brandon Inge still needs your votes. He currently sits behind Texas second baseman, Ian Kinsler. In my very biased opinion, Brandon Inge is the most deserving of the spot, but if you don't believe me maybe these fun facts about Brandon Inge will put you over the edge to vote, vote, vote, vote, vote, break, vote x infinity:
- Brandon Inge is tied for the most web gems on Baseball Tonight this season with eight.
- That's no tattoo on Brandon Inge's right forearm. That's a child's signature from when Brandon visited a recovering heart transplant patient at the hospital before a game this season. Inge promised the boy he would hit a home run for him that day and he did.
- Inge's charity was not a one time deal. He has several charities he spends quality time with and his wife even gave $100,000 to a University of Michigan hospital a couple years ago.
- Inge was a closer in college at VCU, and would come into games from third base without warming up in the bullpen. Against my alma mater, Inge came in and struck out the side with nine straight fastballs, topping out at 96 MPH.
- Inge reportedly hit a home run off of the Comerica Park scoreboard with a metal bat. That scoreboard is well over 500 ft away from home plate.
- He can dunk a basketball, kick a 50-yard field goal, and drive a golf ball 400 yards.
- He receives numerous votes from fans for "Player of the Game" for nearly all Tigers games, no matter what he does at that plate.
- He lives vicariously threw himself and, once, had an awkward moment just to see how it felt. (okay, those are the Dos Equis quotes, but Inge is still a rather interesting guy and one you should vote into this year's All-Star Game.
It was announced after tonight's 8-5 victory that Clete "If the shoe fits" Thomas will be recalled from Triple-A Toledo to replace Don Kelly for Wednesday's game vs. the Royals. Thomas, a lefty stick, was batting .357 in his past 21 games for the Mud Hens. He hit .237 with four HRs and 17 RBIs for Detroit earlier this season.
Jim Leyland described the move as trying to "catch lightning in a bottle," which to me screams the Tigers are doing whatever it takes to maximize their offensive output, particularly from the left side of the plate. I'll be shocked if the Tigers do not make a move before the trading deadline to shore up their needs and wishes. Playing shuffle is not going to work throughout the season, so I think a more permanent move is inevitable.
For the time being, Clete Thomas will probably suffice, especially since he's certainly a crowd favorite with the cougars (even though these chicks look more like drunken college girlies that didn't make the cut for "Girls Gone Wild"):
It's been a while since our last link dump because Detroit4lyfe pit boss, Bob Biscigliano is in the middle of switching apartment complexes. Internet access has been shady, but the neighbor has finally figured it out, for the time being. When Bobby B. pays his lastest bill, he will be around more consistently, as he was in the past.
Without further ado, here are your Tuesday turd nuggets:
Please Detroit Please Hire Avery Johnson for sake of fans watching ESPN (sorry) [Sharapova's Thigh]
A look at the Final Vote for MLB's All-Star Game [Major League Jerk]
How Will you remember Steve McNair? [Sharapova's Thigh]
Erik Estrada's awkward 7th inning interview [Fan IQ]
Chris Cooley takes Rache Nichols fishing [Pacman Jonesin]
10 Goofy commercials with Pro Golfers [Zoner Sports]
Artest and Kobe: A Match Made in the Shower [No Guts, No Glory]
The King Of Pop & Sports Figures He Inspired [Hugging Harold Reynolds]
Ron Artest Michael Jackson Tribute Video... That Just Happened [NESW Sports]
Denise Milani Tiger Stripped Bra & G-String [MoonDog Sports]
Santonio Holmes begging for an ESPY [PSAMP]
It's time to Binge Vote for Brandon Inge over the next few days (until Thursday at 4 PM). Brandon Inge is in the Final Vote for the All-Star Game, so he needs your votes so he can earn himself the final spot on the American League All-Star team's roster. Currently he ranks second to Texas' Ian Kinsler. I'm a big Kinsler fan, but a bigger Inge fan, naturally. I don't think there is any question that Brandon Inge's play has warranted a spot on this year's All-Star squad.
Inge is having a tremendous year, thanks in large part due to a diligent off season regimen that included some tweaking of the swing, and, of course, he benefits from being penciled into the lineup on a daily basis now at third base. At the half way point of the season, Inge is hitting .266 with 19 dingers and 54 RBIs. Inge also flashes the leather on a daily basis, making plays that most people only dream of, all in addition to possessing one of the better arms in all of baseball.
Inge's biggest competition in the Final Vote is Ian Kinsler, a 2B from the Texas Rangers. Kinsler has 20 HRs and 53 RBIs in 80 games this season, but sports just a .253 BA. The big difference between Kinsler and Inge's stats are probably Kinsler's 16 stolen bases. Adam Lind of Toronto has the most impressive stats of all the Final Vote nominees, but the fact he plays in Toronto (small market and Canada) and is a DH, he's not feeling any love.
Inge is the right guy for the spot for more than just his numbers, stellar defense, great personality, and because he's a Detroit Tiger. With the tendancy for All-Star games to go extras and teams worried about pitchers being over used when the All-Star break is still supposed to serve as somewhat of a break for even those involved in the game, Brandon Inge could technically pitch for the American League. I know he has not pitched in his professional career (which is surprising since he's played nearly every single other position), but Inge was a closer in college and still has the type of arm that could be used should the AL exhaust all of its pitching options. It might sound crazy and far fetched, but it's an entertaining thought. How could you not want a guy of Inge's versatility in the All-Star game? Don't forget he also happens to be on pace to hit close to 40 HR and over 100 RBIs. By voting Inge into the All-Star game, fans might just get a chance at witnessing history.
Fans will also get a chance to experience Detroit4lyfe history by voting Inge into the All-Star game. Here's the innaugeral Detroit4lyfe special treat: If you vote Brandon Inge into the All-Star game, I'll give a free Detroit Tigers key chain to any readers who email me with their address (by Sunday) after Inge has been voted in. It's not a new Mercedes or a night on the town with Bobby B, but it's a cool prize nonetheless. Do it.
Drink a lot of beer this week, eat a lot, and vote a lot for Brandon Inge. Seriously, do it.
(Little Disclaimer: This post has the same "pun" as a piece on Bless You Boys. I thought of the idea yesterday when I had no internet access, thus had no way of knowing someone else came up with the idea, too. I started writing it early this morning before being interrupted. When I re-accessed the internet this evening, I saw BYB had a Binge Vote for Brandon Inge post up, too. It's a pretty easy pun and the way I see it is we're all in on this together to help vote Inge into the All-Star game. Due to the fact I went to a college with an honor code and had already completed more than half of this post before seeing BYB's I will still post it, but I feel it's also right to provide a link to the site that had the first "Binge Vote" pun. Multiple links, in fact.)
Tonight the Tigers will start what is up to this point of the season their biggest series of the year. They will have a three game set at the Twinkiedome vs. the Minnesota Twins, the very team they have a marginal three game lead over in the Central Division.
Tonight Kevin Slowey takes the bump for the Minnesota Twins opposite recently recalled Lucas Freedom, er, French. What I can't wrap my head around is that Slowey has 10 wins with nearly a four and a half ERA. He must get more support than Keira Knightly's breasts in Pirates of the Carribean. Meanwhile, the Tigers Lucas French has thrown just three innings with the Tigers and has a 1 BB:K:IP ratio. I presume the main reason he was called up was to tame the big lefty bats in the Twins lineup, Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer.
Minnesota's not the only team chasing the Tigers this weekend, though. The Chicago White Sox are just 2.5 back right now as they are on a six game winning streak. They take on the plummeting Royals this weekend, although they do face early Cy Young favorite Zack Greinke tonight.
So as you can imagine, this is a pretty telling series for the Tigers this weekend. They have lost four out of their last six and continue to be inconsistent hitting the ball. This past week, Verlander and Porcello picked up losses and as I've said before, if you think we're going to be able to rely on a 2.5 ERA Verlander and Porcello all year, you're the Slowey one. As a result, we're going to be losing games that we have been winning during their recent hot streaks in the past couple months.
Magglio Ordonez is not in the lineup tonight and I wouldn't be shocked to see him out of it all weekend. He's hitting a buck sixty-six in his last 36 ABs, so clearly his hair and "benching" did not help him one bit. Josh Anderson will replace him in right field and, personally, I'd like to see him starting more often. He's a legitimate 40 steal threat if he played an entire season and has hit close to .300 in all of his seasons in the professional ranks. His OBP and OPS are nothing to call grandma and brag about, but I think there's something to say for his speed and ability to put the Tigers in scoring position when he does get on base. I know anything is right now, but it's a for sure upgrade over Magglio right now.
This is a big series so start mentally preparing now, if you haven't started already, and be ready for the first pitch around 8:10 PM EST. Go Tigers!