I’ve been really having fun seeing where all these people have been writing in from. One guy says he’s down here in Covington, La. And then there’s Houston, Texas; Atlanta, Ga.; Lawrence, Kan.; southern Illinois. It reminds me of that Johnny Cash song, "I’ve Been Everywhere," when he starts running off all the cities. If you want to continue writing in response, just let me know where you’re writing from, whether you’re out of state or wherever, and then also share some of your stories — not so much personal, like what’s going on with your Little League team and whatever else, but moreso tell me stories of when you actually put in a rally chew, whether you were at a game or watching a game or listening to a game. I’ve been getting a few of those, but it’s fun to hear when that actually worked for you.
I don’t know if you realize this, but we’ve made ESPN a couple times now — not just the clippings of it but the actual Gum Time drops. Verlander was watching the other night in Tampa Bay, and they had a little drop. And I actually had someone write into the blog saying they dropped Gum Time either on Baseball Tonight or Sportscenter. I haven’t seen it personally, but we’re nationwide now.
The thing is the guys that are real diehard with it, our starting pitchers, we have a little more time to sit around the bench, but we pick and choose our times. This isn’t just something we do every inning and hope it works. Friday night, sixth inning we did it, got a couple runs. In Tampa Bay, when we were down in the seven or eighth inning, we ended up scoring a five spot to go ahead. After it works, we’ll just let whoever else wants to pick it up for the other innings.
Another pretty funny drop was Mickey York of FSN Friday night. Right after the game was over, the camera shot went right to him, he had a big ol’ wad in his jaw. That was pretty funny, so there’s a shout out to Mickey. Good job, buddy.
I have a buddy that I played Minor League baseball with when I was in the Marlins organization. He now works with the Andretti Green racing team. They just had the race out there at Michigan International Speedway, and he blogged in to me and said he was going to take himself some of the gum to the race and see if it worked. I haven’t seen the results of that, so he has to get back to me and let me know if it works. But we’re not just into the game of baseball. We’re going into racing now, too.
I just want to respond to section 104, let them know that I read their entry and I will be looking for them. They have a little section out there. Of course, I don’t think there’s just any one section that’s big on this anymore but they sound like they’ve been one of the loyal ones. From what I’ve retrieved, they’re actually bringing their binoculars out looking, scanning the dugout to see when we start. When they see us start, they roll with it, too.
And then obviously, all the big swings we’ve been getting lately. That’s who the props really go to. We’ve had some big-time clutch hits from guys. Craig’s been amazing in big situations. Guillen, Maggs, Pudge, you can go down the whole list. They just so happen to do something big when we need it most. It’s a contagious feeling. Gum aside, this team is just good. With the atmosphere that we have and I think the fans and the feedback we’ve been getting on this site, we feel like there’s a belief that no matter what it is and when it is in a game, we feel we can win. And that separates a championship team from the teams that are just kind of there. So we have something special going on here. Let’s keep it going.
Like I said, if you just want to write back and let me know some or your stories and where you’re writing from, it would be kind of cool. Let’s see if we can cover the country. We have to have at least one Tiger fan in each state that’s following along with this thing. When we came back home this week, that was the most Big League Chew signing requests in the mail that I actually went through. People send in this gum, most of the time to sign, but some of them are sending because they think that’s the special pack that’s going to give us a win.
We let in our new first baseman, Sean Casey, on Gum Time in Tampa. Me and Bondo, Verlander and Kenny, we all threw it in and had to explain it to him. I kind of started to explain it to him when Grilli had just come off the field in the seventh. This is what typically happens when these guys do this. Sure enough, we put a five-spot up, and I said, "Welcome to the whole Gum Time thing." He said, "I love it." And then I told him the other night that in the sixth inning when we put it in, we only do it one time a game. We pick a time, and the inning that he went up there and doubled. And he was like, "Let’s roll, man." Obviously it was a huge double that got us right back into things, and he loves it. I’ll tell you what, he’s a great addition. He has fun. I mean, Sean’s 32 years old, and he’s like a little kid. Just another little sideshow.