Win or go home

It’s a tough one, obviously, to lose. And it puts us in a difficult situation to come back and do this, but Skip reminded us it’s one game at a time, bottom line. We know that, and we know where we’re at with it. And it starts with tomorrow. If we win tomorrow, we go back home, and we play two at home and we’ll be in pretty good hands getting back home. It’s up to JV to set a tone tomorrow and we go from there.

Grandy_1
It looked like the team we’ve been playing like this postseason for the first part of this game. We just couldn’t hold onto it. Just a couple situations. Grandy slips out there. It’s been raining here pretty much for a day and a half straight. Those things happen. Every little thing, it’s magnified and it’s a huge moment, and it can turn into a huge moment, too. But it can all turn around tomorrow, too. Momentum can totally shift. We know that. I’ve seen it. And it’s certainly happened before in the postseason, so we’ll see what happens.

We certainly would like to get out there tomorrow. Even though momentum’s on their side right now, these guys can go back out there and step up and do well. Nobody’s panicked here. We know what we can do. We’ve done it all year, but now it’s win or go home, and we know that. But this team’s achieved so much, and we’re not ready to wrap that up yet.

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Nate…..If you read any of my blogs tonight and yesterday I’m in complete agreement….Like I keep saying, I dont hear any large female singing and I dont see any eatign utensils sticking outta you!! win tomorrow..you have kenny pitching in 6 at home and whoooo knows :-) you just have to go out and win tomorrow…to you and all the tigers…win or lose I love ya and I’m fairly sure i aint the only one! GOOOO TIGERS!!!!

And I’m gonna post it here for all posterity…I have an overwhelming feeling that the tigers will get to weaver in the next game and win by quite a bit. I, for one, believe!!

ok one more thing and I’ll shuddup…this is a quote I just read from leylands press conference. MAN! no wonder you guys won 95 regular season games, beat the yanks and swept the A’s!!!With a skip like this you can’t go wrong! If all bosses were like this there would be no disgruntled employees in the world!

“A couple of times during the course of the year I walked into a real quiet clubhouse after we lost a game, and I said I must be in the wrong place, because winning teams don’t do that. That’s the sign of a losing team to me. I told them tonight, go about your business, turn the music on, get your food, talk to each other, and go home with your families, come back tomorrow. But I don’t want to see anybody sitting around with their head down. To me that’s the sign of a losing team, and we’re not a losing team”

Dude, hate to say it cause I love your coach, but you guys are toast. You’ve shown about half a game of life and the only reason this thing is still going on is because your boy Rogers cheated in game two.

I realize you beat the Cards three straight in the regular season but these are obviously not the same Cardinals.

You guys are done.

Yeah, he sounds like one heck of a boss.

I was amused watching Bonderman being pulled off the field. He was clearly angry, to say the least. And then they cut back to the dugout a few minutes later and Bondo and Leyland were making up. Thought that was really cool.

It seems overall, as an outsider, that this is a group of people who really fit together well. I’m hoping to see many familiar faces next season.

Benjamin, dude, you can tell me the tigers are toast if they lose the next game I’ve stated my prediction now you’ve posted yours…after game six one of us can gloat….

cosmovanb… I watched and attended a ton of games this year and your outsider observation is right on…this team is really a great group of talented players and guys…I know they cant keep em all as many will get sweet offers and may be enticed away …cant blame them thats the biz. But I certainly do hope they can keep as many as humanly possible.

Bottom line: we need an error-free game. We are already going to have to sit through a whole winter of being reminded that we set a record for errors by the pitching staff. Let’s at least keep it respectable and not throw the ball to the fence this time. (Remember the times, say, the mid to late 80s, when not seeing a zero in the error column was a strange occurrance?) I believe we can get this back to Detroit and make the Cards sweat a little. Let’s do it, Tigers.

Excellent message, Nate! I am not ready to throw in the towel, either, because I know what the Tigers can do because I’ve been watching you do it all season.

Last night’s game was a close one, and the Cards fans should not be gloating. Yes, they were able to capitalize, but I wouldn’t say they out-played us by a long shot! We broke Suppan’s streak for not allowing the lead off batter on base!

That being said, we have to get those base runners in! Can’t keep on stranding 9 and win the game. Our bats heated up last night, but we really need them extra hot tonight. I have a good feeling about going up vs. Weaver in Game 5.

Go get ‘em Tigers!!!!!

Nate,

i think they did well last night hopefully justin verlander can keep this going. 68′ was the same way and those tiger stood strong and won. but hopefull justin verlander can keep this going. i do think we’ll win tonight because i seen how in game 2 we got a lot of hits of him. tell everyone they did a good job, espeially sean casey, he worked so hard last night. But good luck to all of you tigers tonight and i love you all so much

by i think they did well last night, i mean the tigers did well

and by me saying we got a lot of hits off, him ,im talking about weaver so i think we will win

Nate,

good luck to all the tigers tonight and i love you and them all!!!!!!!!!!!

You guys can do it! GO TIGERS!

Nate,
Win or loose, you guys are my heros no matter what. You guys have the best attitudes in the game, and I point that out to my kids every game we watch. I went to my first baseball game in 20 years on August 9th, 2006. I fell in love with baseball and the Tiger team. You guys lost that day..but your attitudes were amazing. Go out there tonight, and play ball. Ignore people like Benjamin who just want to take away from what you guys really have. We love you all here in Michigan!!!

Nate, Good Luck to you and the Boy’s I know you guys can pull this off. We the fans are not ready to see the lights in Comerica Park Dimmed yet.

I thought that you guys had them on the ropes last night. I was sitting on the edge of my chair, and crushed when Curtis slipped, that was disappointing (beat clearly just one of those things, he has been extroidinarily dependable all year and a really wet field got him.

Bondo really did a good job he definatley outpitched Suppon, and Rodney game in and did a great job, minus the throwing error. But lets face it Granderson doesn’t slip and probably were all happy this morning the eror just magnified it.

I believe that you can all pull it out tonight and bring it home to us and let us have one more game at home. Winning three in a row ain’t no big thing???

You have provided me with a great summer and a better fall. GO TIGERS

Lets forget about all sloppy play we have had and go win the next one.
I am very dissappointed in the number of runners Granderson and Ordonjez have stranded.

How much a year is O making?

Hey Nate

Man last night game was such a hard loss because honestly you guy played awesome!! Bondo pitched amazing as expected & fernado did great as well besides that throwing error…. honestly what I can tell you is to go out there and continue to do exactly what your doing the only thing is NO ERRORS because they have come to bite us back hard!

We in Detroit still have faith in you guys & think you will def be coming back home to continue on with the amazing ride…

Good luck tonight we will def be rooting you guys on so go out there & have fun

Go Get Em’ Tigers

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Nate-
Lack here! Dad found your blog and sent the link to me so I just wanted to pop in and wish you a little luck. I can’t begin to tell you what a thrill its been following you on this run. I think all of us back home are kind of living this dream out vicariously through you. I’ll pop in a little extra Big League Chew for you guys these final three games. Anyway, so much more to say, hopefully if you swing back home this offseason we can sit down and catch up. Anyway, have a good one, we’re all pulling for you back in the ‘Ta!!!

And this team is CAN 3 win games straight .

It don’t take Peter Gammons or some sports center expert to tell us what the Tigers need to do .

Just go out and play like you did most of the season . I hope I am wrong but starting Verlander tonight concerns me . I would go with Rogers , even in “that enviroment , in front of St. Louis fans .

I’m crushed about last night’s loss – we had it!!! It’s ok, refocus and get back out there, we can do this:)

God Bless our Tigers!

Nate,
That was the best game of the series so far. And on that note, I think this thing is just getting warmed up.

In the past I have been too pessimistic with all the Detroit teams, but you guys have changed my focus. You play out the full nine innings (Leyland has led you well) and keep trying. And the fourth win is always the toughest to get, so you got the Cards right where you want them. Besides, last night Joe Buck made the interesting observation that in the two previous World Series between the Tigers and the Cards, the winner of Game 4 went on to lose the series.

I’m behind you all the way and I’m looking forward to your Game 7 start.

This is the same Tigers team that showed us throughout the entire season that they don’t quit. This team plays ’til the last game, ’til the last inning, ’til the last out, ’til the last pitch. I think anyone who thinks the Tigers aren’t going to bring it tonight is going to be surprised. Good Luck guys!

jvogelzang@comcast.net….

Maybe I misunderstood but it seems you are insinuating that “O” as you call him is making too much for his performance…

#1 did you miss the ALDS and ALCS?

#2 did you miss the season?

as with all the tigers Ordonez played his role and contributed greatly….

If you did watch the ALCS were you murmuring “how much is “O” making” as he sent the walk off home run into the left field seats? I would bet the answer is no.

All I ever hear Yankee fans whining about when they lose is how much their players are making and how they aren’t performing etc. At least they have the excuse that they are spoiled by having a contender for the last 10 years…God let’s not put that image out there as Tiger fans!!!!!

The Tigers are in the World Series! And I’m gonna say it again…. it….isn’t over ….yet

and win or lose I refuse to put my head down.. Leyland said it best “I don’t want to see anybody sitting around with their head down. To me that’s the sign of a losing team, and we’re not a losing team”… let’s be that way as fans as well.

Nate -

Whatever happens in the next few days know this – you and the boys have given fans one **** of a ride this year. Watching the team come together and work as a team to over come some sticky situations has been a joy. I wish I could hug each and every one of you for the wonderful year you all have given the fans. If you go home after tonight – so be it – but I’ve believed in you all year and I’m not stopping now.

BLESS YOU BOYS!!!! GO TIGERS!

by the way mike and rich_gyrl Thanks! now that’s what I’m talking about! :-)

ok, now we are getting some positive momentum…keep it going and you never know, it could transfer to the field next game!!!!!!

ooooops wait a minute, it WILL transfer to the field!!

Hey Nate — You guys played well last night, other than Rodney’s error and a couple bad breaks. I’m sure not counting you out yet but, win or lose, thanks to you and all the guys for such a great season. Detroit Tigers rock! Now go get ‘em tonight!

Marty

It ain’t over yet.

Good luck tonight, Nate…tell the fellas to bring this thing home to Detroit for Game 6.

It sounds like you’re not ready to stop playing, Nate, and that’s great. I’m not ready to stop either. GO TIGERS!

Benjamin, until you, or anyone else can tell me what was on Kenny’s hand, you need to stop with this “Kenny cheated” b.s. Kenny Rogers has stymied three teams in a row now- so, are you going to tell me that the Cards line-up is better than the Yankees? Before you reply, I’d like you to come up with a reason that Kenny went on to pimp the Cards for 7 more innings. Tony La Russa was right for keeping his inquiry discreet, and wrong for constantly modifying his comments later on. La Russa can’t have it both ways, simultaneously saying, “well, I won’t whine about getting beat” and “but he probably cheated”. Doesn’t fly here, Tony.

It’s obvious to me that when the Tigers are (a) hitting and (b) not committing errors, that the Cards don’t stand a chance. Let’s go, Tigers!

joel…

I could tell last night that eckstein was corking his bat..did they inspect it? no but I could tell by the sound…spread the word man those guys are cheating!!!!!

Since grindline is stradling the fence on both blog sites for the cards and tigers I might as well. I’m a fan of good baseball, and a bigger fan of the CARDINALS, the games have been real nail biters especially last night, which I had the opportunity to attend it was amazing. To cut the point, I’m reeally surprised at the juvenile mistakes that the tigers have made in this series, the errors are almost un-forgivable, I mean a couple less arrors for the team and this series may have an entire different look,. The CARDINALS are the best in baseball as far as appling constant pressure and they take full advantage of the those types of mental errors and being fundamentally un-sound, like the tigers have been. But it aint over yet, ur team is on life support tho.

Nate,
thanks for the optimism. It made it just a little bit easier to deal with last night’s loss. I have faith in you guys! I have seen what this team has done pretty consistently throughout the season. No matter what happens tonight, know that the team made this entire city proud of you and proud of itself. It’s been a great season and I BELIEVE it will continue! Until Saturday…

Funny thing is when u lose this series it will be because, everyone said Rogers was cheating huh. Larussa played the situation right, no making a big deal of it, he left that to the media, which they did an excellent job of butchering the whole thing, I definitly think it was over played, but it did play into our favor for sure. Especially if this goes 6 games and Rogers has to pitch and they strip search him, it will take him out of his game the destraction of it all, It is a little unfortunate, but if he did do it oh well, it didnt really matter, if he didnt do it, oh well it diditn really matter, funny joke about eckey.

stradle away everman….theres no secret squirrel password to get in here…its an open forum…no argument about the errors theres no way a team can win a ballgame or a series with that many gaffes. like I said in an earlier blog they need to stop that bleeding immediately if they have any chance of clawing back in it….they also need to adress it going forward into next season and just continue to stress fundamentals as Leyland has been preaching from day 1

Grindline, I watch every game and all the interviews on fox
after the games. My words were I was dissappointed in the number of runners they stranded last night and basically the entire

series.

I love the Tigers and have followed them reverently since

1955 when I was 9 years old.

You wern’t dissappointed last night?

Remember the 1968 Detroit Tigers were up against the exact same situation – down 3-1 against St. Louis and our Tigers won us the World Series.

We WILL do it! No doubt about it. Our Tigers will stomp them Cardinals!

Go Nate Go! Go Detroit Tigers!!!!!!! :)

jvogelzang….

I was terribly disappointed..I also was not addressing the point about runners on bass…I said to my brother when they left a man on third one out (I think it was the fourth inning) “I hope that doesnt come back to bite them in the ***” I wish I had been wrong!!

I was addressing the fact that you were implying that Ordonez wasnt earning his keep

I am also a longtime fan…not quite as long as you as my first memories are ofmy dad taking me to Tigers stsdium in early 80′s I was ten.

So, I do absolutely understand the frustration and disappointment..especially after the incredible joy of seeing them beatthe Yankees and sweep the ALCS!

It’s kind of like getting the second and third gift on your christmas list but your parents forgot the first!!!

Win or lose, you guys are still awesome.
Just get your gum ready.
:)

ooops sorry kids….santa forgetting the first! :-)

Hey Nate,

Not that you and the rest of the boys don’t need extra motivations, but Gene W. at ESPN is saying this is over in 5 games. And if I am not mistaken, this from a guy who predicted the Tigers to take the series. How fast the fickle ones are to abandon ship.

Not here–no way!

From a CARDINALS fan perspective, the media is the devil, they never gave us a chance from the get go. Yea we had a less than impresive regular season and barely made it the last 2 weeks, but we did. We were not supposed to beat Diego and killed em. Then the Mets were supposed to stomp us, beat that one too. And now here we are about to wrap it up, I’m surprised the media isnt saying Tigers will win 3 in a row, I feel ur pain media is wishy washy, alltogetther. U have to remember Tigers put the Yanks out and the CARDS, put the Mets out , the media is hating us all, no team from NY to speak of we are killing the ratings in their minds, Way to go Tigers and Cards, for busting up the media’s parade.

mike and all others here…..
I have a prepared letter for Gene W. if you missed his latest article trashing the tigers here is the link..

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/columns/story?columnist=wojciechowski_gene&id=2640237

if the tigers win tonight I’m gonna send the letter and post it here as well…he posts his email address..here it is..

gene.wojciechowski@espn3.com

if you feel the urge and have time please send him a little “love letter” this guy is a senior staff writer at ESPN.com and is absolutely terrible!!!!!

read these two articles as well…..

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/columns/story?columnist=wojciechowski_gene&id=2635618

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/columns/story?columnist=wojciechowski_gene&id=2634533

if journalism has a duty to be unbiased and truthful…this guy is breaking all the rules!

anyhow thanks for bringing that up. I noticed recently how much of a loser this guy was. If the Tigers win watch for my letter..can’t wait to post it!!!!

Nate,
1968 St. Louis/Tigers World Series. St. Louis ahead 3-1, Tigers win the World Series, winning the last 3 games and winning the second game. 2006, you guys won the second game and now you are 1-3. Wouldn’t it be awesome to win the last 3 games. Let history repeat itself! No one thought you would beat the Yankee$ and you did. No one thought you would beat the A’s and you did. Now no one thinks you can beat the Cardinals, you know the pattern here. You guys have the drive, you proved it last night. The only thing that kept you from winning was the errors. Stay away from those errors and you can do it. Tell Justin I’m rooting for him tonight, (he’s so cute! I was able to get my picture taken with him during photo day at Comerica Park this year, very nice guy!) Good Luck tonight and let’s bring this thing home! I believe in you guys, you can and will win! GO TIGERS!! Also Nate, I love that you post your comments. Not too many celebrities would take the time to do this for the fans. It’s pretty cool, I hope you continue to do this. Your fans in Caseville, Kinde and Essexville, Michigan

everman…

good points. I had expressed that in an earlier blog. the media is pissed that two “small market” teams are in it.

I had tickets to game 3 of the ALCS, they changed the time of detroits game from 7:30 to 4 in the afternoon! people had to take off work and completely rearrange their life…..they claimed it was weather..yeah right! Why didn’t they move the game last night to 4 in case it rained later?????

guess what, The Mets got the prime time spot..

I am sooooo glad both New york teams got spanked!

Hey GENTS, i HATE RAIN ON UR COME BACK PARADE, but when Jim Leyland says he will not start Rogers in game 5 because he didnt want to put him in that environemnt, show’s to me he is throwing in the towel, I mean if he didit use pine tar, whats the big deal put ur ace on the mound to save elimination, thats essentially what is at stake. Rogers has been lights out, plus Cards havent been hitting lefties at all. He is the veteran he needs to **** up the possible crude harrassment from the fans of the Cards and go out do his job, and keep ur team in it. Bad move on Leylands part I think.

thought i’d repost this one I did earlier while I was “stradling” by the way didn’t weaver pitch the cardinals loss and reyes shut the tigers down???? I wouldn’t second guess larussa though he know a lil about baseball too!

about rogers pitching tonight..The Tigers have to win three more games…It’s not so much about whether or not Rogers is man enough but what is the best situation for him to be sucessful. That situation is at home where Larussas x-ray glasses don’t work as well!!! I also heard Rogers forgot to pack his pine tar….seriously though, sticking with the rotation is whats best it worked against the yankees and the A’s and if Verlander can win tonight you have rogers pitching at home to force a game seven….I think Leyland is playing for the series rather than the game..And although he is taking a risk by not marching out his stopper I have learned to never second guess that guy…for one he has just a touch more baseball experience than me (although I’d smoke him at the friolator) and he has gotten a 91 game loser last year to the series this year!!

now everman come back when you have a point I can’t decimate!!!

GO TIGGERS!
PLAY HARD AND JUST REMEMBER YOU HAVE GIVEN US A GREAT YEAR – YOU ALL CAME A LONG WAY THIS YEAR. WERE PROUD OF YOU! ONCE A TIGER FAN ALWAYS A TIGER FAN – NEVER GIVE UP! SHOW US THAT TIGGER STUFF

This may sound a little silly but here it is. I would actually like to see the CARDS go back to DETROIT and play game 6 just, just so we can have the opportunity to rain on Rogers parade and see the pain and despair of all the fans after the lose, Kicking some butt in the KITTY KENNEL WOULD TOO SWEET LOL.

believe me everman you are probably just about the only Cards fan that would hope that….caaaareful what you wish for!!

it’s all about more baseball my friend, i want to see more baseball more baseball, no yanks, no mets , no socks, more baseball, more base ball MMMOOORRREEEEEE BBBAAASSSEEEBBBAAALLL

well now I can relate to that! I am going to have serious seperation anxiety when this season is over..I’m a huge hockey fan too so thank god for the red wings…hahaha

Nate,
Detroit Still Believes!! No need to panic, because we still believe in this years Tigers! The only thing I see is maybe a lack of enthusiasm that has been lacking in this series! The team from the Regular Season was more energetic and played the game like with pure enjoyment and love of the game! I know that it’s the World Series, and you have to remain focused, but honestly it’s not our style! We need a SPARK in the dugout, and even on the field! It’s the World Series guys!! Let’s get some excitement going! You all look TOOOO Serious! I know our backs are against the wall here, but come on man let’s get fired up!

Having Said that, I really think that you guys still have a shot at this. The crowd in St. Louis, will be pumped up for sure, but let’s take them out of the equation and make it OUR game, the way we’ve been doing it all season long. I think if “Justincredible” can get his groove on tonight, then he should really keep us in the game! All we need now, is the bats to come a swingin’ and with the whole state of Michigan with mouths full of Rally Chew, how can you guys go wrong?

Let’s go TIGERS

Oh Eeee Oh… MAGGLIO….

Go Get “em Tigers…………

The Tigers may be an excellent team, but are not holding up under the pressure of the World Series. The Cards have heart, and the pressure is bringing out the best in them. “Play a hard nine” has been their motto and they are living it. The team of destiny is knocking at the door, tonight’s the night! GO CARDS!!

amen my friend they just dont get it, i do fell for the tigers fans, in st. louis we can count on the fact that we have a chance every year to make it in the post season, so we will always have opportunities in the years to come, that may not be the case for the tigers.

good point lilblondie!

I went to a few games this year and saw firsthand the loose, fun loving tigers doing their ritual handshakes and smiling and laughing a ton…I don’t see that here….Leyland has been preaching the have fun attitude all year I hope he instills that again tonight…

And Leyland being the best manager in baseball, I think he will!

Leyland is the second best mgr.

again for my vendors and everman…it…aint…over….

and you are right everman we’ve been waiting a long time for a winner…buuuuuut if winning it all is what we are talking..when was the last time the tigers won it…and the Cards…you got us beat their buddy!

formyvendors…

ok your right…but only cause larussa has his x-ray glasses!!!!!!!!

Leyland and LaRussa will face off again next year in the all star game, something to look forward to no matter the outcome of this series. The two best mgrs together again.

and best friends….I dont care what they say thats gotta be tuff…it’s easier if you dont care or hate your opponent

Regarding Leylands decision not to play Rogers in that kind of environment. I was just listening to 1270 on the way home and they are doing their show from St. Louis. And they said that regarding the environment down there is it just horrible. There are all kinds of mean spirited pinetar t-shirts, cheater , etc.. They said that it is very very hostile. And even though they know that Kenny could survive in it, they almost understand where he is coming from.

They also said that they believe that Larussa is so slick in the way he handled this thing that Leyland is playing right into him, they don’t want to see Kenny because they know they cannot beat him. Ya know Larussa is a lawyer, he is smart and instead of coming out and saying anything, just putting out rumors and inuendo he stradled the fence so he can look like a good guy, when he is not.

They put out these rumors about scuffed balls. Well I wish someone could tell me how if in fact there are these so called scuffed balls how they got a hold of them. This is how it goes right Kenny throws the ball which comes from the ball boy to the umpire or Pudge the ball is hit (only) by the Cardinal batter either to one of our players or a foul ball into the crowd. How does a Cardinal player or coach ever get there hands on these alleged balls. I think that coach is the big fat liar. If someone could explain that to me I would greatly appreciate it. If they have scuffed balls they must of been from their own pitcher. Yes thats it Weaver is the cheater. Those of us in Detroit all know that he is a pot head, and a trouble maker.

lets spread that around.

by the way to anyone who wants to bash me for not having a life or wasting my time here…..I’ll explain (cause I’d probably be annoyed by me to if I was reading) :-)
I can’t work or go anywhere right now ’cause I am sitting here with a broken leg and am propped up next to my computer……

Believe me..I’m not looking for any sympathy but thought my endless rants merited an explination.As well as the fact that several jerks have emailed me with nasty emails and tried to judge me on these blogs…

This is a good distraction to my itching leg that I can’t scratch..Ahhhhhh!!!
:-)

I’m listening to 1270 too gk,

yeah, I had tickets to yesterdays game and couldn’t go..see above..

I’m kinda glad cause this pine tar thing really gets on my nerves and I would have gotten in a fight with any and all ignorant Card fan that tried to get in my face…..and thats a bad idea with a bad leg…

ever hear the one about a one legged man in an…..

I was at the tigers games against the yanks and yes people were giving yankees fans a hard time so we arent all a bunch of angels!!! It’s kind of fun to rub it in the face of opposing fans..admit it!!

whats true is true. Let’s have a pair here and not be whiners either!

it ain’t over till it’s over!
just get out there and WIN!!!

GO NATE!!! GO TIGERS!!!

To my family and I, the Tigers have always been winners in the past, are winners today and will continue to be winners tomorrow.

To us, they embody HOPE and the power of those who believe in you to be guided by and win because of that hope.

We believe in the Tigers and are so proud of them. We are thrilled to watch how well they have bonded as a team. We are excited by how much they have overcome.

From this season and this day on, the Tigers will be a team to take notice of.

GO TIGERS! WE BELIEVE!

Good points grindline…you guys just got to relax and chill at least that is what my b.f. told me. you guys gotta have fun. i managed to get to the pennant clincher and maggs we need your hits again…..and polanco we need u to!!!!!!!!:-)
~~~Blair Kennedy~~~

Hey Gruden, let’s get real bro, the environment is nothing more than what any player would have to face at any other park, the comment about pine tar signs and t-shirts is false i was at the game last night and I didnt se a one. besides cardinals management was not allowing anyone to bring in or wear anything of the sort, they were taking them away at the gate. In regards to that classy move and how Toni handled the situation is as follows. Toni did not want to make it into a circus by any means, he has a good relationship with Leyland, and if he was to pursue it strongly that night it makes it look like the only way we can win is to get Rogers removed for the series, Toni brought it to the umps attention and asked that it be addressed and it was. It was a lose, lose for Toni, he got it from both sides. Why didint u make a bigger deal out of it Toni, see how it was a lose lose for him. The CARDINALS ARE A CLASSY ORGANIZATION and we did not want to have this cloud over our head to take away from the accomplishment of winning the WORLD SERIES if the opportunity had arisen, which it has, so in hind site it was a great move by Toni to down play it. Now next point, the media is the one who made this out to be a big deal, the close-ups of his hand and all that. They blew it out of proportion, not the CARDS OR TONI. Last point, Rogers has had excellent stuff cant take that away, but we have to challenge his judgement, all of baseball had a comment about what was really on his hand . Now lets be realistic if it were my team I would support that it wasnt pine tar, but do u really believe it was just dirt and that he had no idea it was on his hand, I mean come on, also look at the way the dugout responded after the first inning, he and leyland go down below to talk it out and so on. I dont care either way, yea he beat us, more than likely he wont get the chance to do it again, and if he does I think we will fair real well against him the second time around look at the results we had against Glavine the second time around when he shut us doen the first time. Just accept the fact that it is not un-reasonable to think that he had some sort of altering substance on his hand besides dirt.

Hey Gruden, let’s get real bro, the environment is nothing more than what any player would have to face at any other park, the comment about pine tar signs and t-shirts is false i was at the game last night and I didnt se a one. besides cardinals management was not allowing anyone to bring in or wear anything of the sort, they were taking them away at the gate. In regards to that classy move and how Toni handled the situation is as follows. Toni did not want to make it into a circus by any means, he has a good relationship with Leyland, and if he was to pursue it strongly that night it makes it look like the only way we can win is to get Rogers removed for the series, Toni brought it to the umps attention and asked that it be addressed and it was. It was a lose, lose for Toni, he got it from both sides. Why didint u make a bigger deal out of it Toni, see how it was a lose lose for him. The CARDINALS ARE A CLASSY ORGANIZATION and we did not want to have this cloud over our head to take away from the accomplishment of winning the WORLD SERIES if the opportunity had arisen, which it has, so in hind site it was a great move by Toni to down play it. Now next point, the media is the one who made this out to be a big deal, the close-ups of his hand and all that. They blew it out of proportion, not the CARDS OR TONI. Last point, Rogers has had excellent stuff cant take that away, but we have to challenge his judgement, all of baseball had a comment about what was really on his hand . Now lets be realistic if it were my team I would support that it wasnt pine tar, but do u really believe it was just dirt and that he had no idea it was on his hand, I mean come on, also look at the way the dugout responded after the first inning, he and leyland go down below to talk it out and so on. I dont care either way, yea he beat us, more than likely he wont get the chance to do it again, and if he does I think we will fair real well against him the second time around look at the results we had against Glavine the second time around when he shut us doen the first time. Just accept the fact that it is not un-reasonable to think that he had some sort of altering substance on his hand besides dirt.

Everman. The fact of the matter is that neither you or I or Toni Larussa or Fox reporters know what was on that hand. The only ones that do are the umps, Kenny Rogers and maybe some others that are on the field close by my know. The fact of the matter is it probably would of been better if they would of looked at it because at least there wouldn’t be all of this speculation and his name could either be cleared or not.

And the pictures I have seen regarding the sudden influx of mean spirtited t-shirts and such and talk in the St. Louis area really have nothing to do with the Cardinals organization, I have no problems with them, most of your fans seem great. But to sit here and tell me that it is not going on in your city is false. And you cannot tell me that if Kenny did pitch in your stadium that it wouldn’t be hostile. That is nieve.

I don’t actually agree with the way that Tony Larussa handled the situation. I don’t actually agree with the way anyone handled the situation. And I certianly don’t agree with these other rumors that your bench coach or whatever he is putting out these rumors in USA Today about these scuffed balls. I take it since you didn’t comment of my question about how you would come in possession of these supposed “scuffed balls”. Because there is no logical explaination.

And to reiterate another point I like the Cardinals. I think that they are a team somewhat like the Tigers. Under appreciated by the media. I just think that some of the things with Larussa are not as unitentional and classy as you think. That may of been his original thought but he certialy took advantage and spun it in the media and in your city. That you have to agree. He is a lawyer that is what lawyers are trained to do.

Nate,

I look forward to watching you pitch game 7 in Detroit. The ENTIRE Gum-Chewing Nation will be chewing for you.

Don’t give up. Never give in.

You CAN do it….

I was at the game Tues night and saw one pine tar sign in the section next to us and no pine tar shirts.

ok guys thanks for the interesting posts I appreciate the distraction!! gotta run, or hobble in my case!! I’ll be on after the game tonight win or lose…GOOOOOOO TIGERS!!!!!!!!

oh and Nate…Thanks for this post and sorry for clogging the blog! I still say keep that arm cocked,locked and ready to rock for game 7!!!!!!!!

STICK A FORK IN ‘EM…. THE FAT LADY IS WARMIN’ UP. SORRY FOLKS, BUT I AM THINKING THIS YEAR BELONGS TO ST LOUIS, BASEBALL HEAVEN!! It has been fun and not uneventful!

This Tiger fan has not given up on her favorite team! You did it in ’68 and you can do it again. Love you guys either way! But don’t give up. One game at a time…..
Don’t ever give up. Anything worth doing is worth doing well. Remember the wisdom of Star Wars’ Yoda: Do or Do Not. There is No Try. Go Tigers!!!!!!! I’m behind you all the way!!!!!!!

Come on Tigers, you know your better then this. I guess The Cardinals want it more, even though you guys are the better team look what happen to the Mets. The Mets were as good as you guys but The Cardinals poisened them or somthing and there doing the same thing to you.

Dont let them do it to you guys. It wasnt the Mets year and Maybe its not the Tigers year but it should Be!!!

Work hard and please dont loose tonight.

Best of Luck!!!

Nate, I don’t even know if you’ll read this since I’m number 82, but I just feel that you should know that this has been an OUTSTANDING season, win or lose. I’m proud of you guys and what you’ve accomplished. Together,You’ve turned the team around and even united a city, that’s pretty amazing.

I’m also thrilled that you were wearing that Mic that day, otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to read about my favorite Tiger. Yes, I know I’m being slightly “sentimental,” but you guys deserve it.

So win-or-lose tonight, you guys are totally awesome and I cannot wait for next season to start….but like I said, you still have a game to play, and like you said “it’s one game at a time!”

Good Luck and God Bless!!!!!!!

<3 Erica

Hey Grindline, get my drift?
How many hits did he have tonight?

Game over. What a sad ending to a brilliant season.

They played like a last place team again tonight. 3 unearned runs and bad base running.

I hope these are freshman jitters.

How would you like to be Marcus T.

How many at bats did he have during the series?

Thanks boys for the wild ride this year you all rocked this city and state all year. Keep your chins up and grow from your experiences. Thanks again for bringing respect back to baseball in Detroit! We love you guys win or lose this was the most fun we’ve had in years, and look forward to seeing you all in the spring!!!!!

GO TIGERS!!!!

Jeremy and Tracey

Greenbush, MI

Congrats to you and the team on a great season! I’d say ALCS champs is pretty great considering how long it’s been since the Tigers have been to the playoffs! See you next season!!

no jvogelzang i do not get your drift……

I can understand your frustration but would they even be here without him..or any of these guys for that matter..

its funny I just read your blog as leyland was being interviewed and he said (im paraphrasing)

“I’m happy for my good friend Tony, and all the players I know and love on the cardinals”

When asked if he was more frustrated about the errors or the lack of offense he said….

“I don’t single any one out..we didnt play well, I didnt have my team ready and this team was not ready to win a world series”…..

once again Mr. Leyland says so much better what I could only stammer through! Theres a lot to be learned about sportsmanship (and life) from this amazing man!!!!!

Well folks it’s been a **** of a year!!!

Nate, Mr. Leyland and all the tigers… THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!!! this was one year to remember let’s get together next year and do it again! I’ll be there on opening day..see you then…..

Nate,
My family and I are so greatful to the Tigers for this season. We haven’t had this much to cheer about in years. We are proud of this team for all that they have accomplished. We look forward to doing this again next year.

Also, although Brandon had a rough W.S. it may cheer him up some to know that he is still my wife’s favorite Tiger! Go Inge and Go Tigers!

Ken, Shannan and Jakob

Buckley, MI

Thank you Tigers for a great 2006 season. Thank you Nate and Brandon – love you guys!!!

Thank you for the great memories of being in the playoffs just like in 1984 when I was a kid and for the true joy of being a Tigers fan.

I love your excitement and passion – can’t wait for next season – see you all in the spring!!!

BLESS YOU BOYS!!!

Sorry guys; just wasn’t in the cards but, heck, you guys had a great season, went further than you were ever thought to be able to. We’re proud of you all and you gave us a great year. Thanks and will see you next spring. Stay healthy all of you!!!

Hey Nate, and Nate’s team -

Of course I was hoping for a game in Detroit, but that’s OK. I’m still thrilled about the ride you took us on, and I still love you all. The countdown to next spring starts now (such a long wait!) and we’ll be back and ready for you next year. Thank you, really, thank you for a great year. Have a good break and know that your fans think you guys are the best.

To the Tigers fans – what a fantastic year your team had. Everything clicked for the Cards this post season. We’re going crazy here in St Louis. Hope to see you again in the 2007 WS.

Enjoy the party, Former. I hope we get our chance soon!

Wether you loose 119 games or win 95. Wether you loose in the world series or win it all and bring it back to Detroit. I will always love the Detroit Tigers no matter what the season brings.

Good season last year
hope that you guys get ur team together soon

ohhhh GOOD LUCK AND U SOCK

Please Keep Brandon Inge. He will be a gold glove third basemen. Miguel came into the league an outfielder and maybe if he could loose some weight he could play there again. The Tigers need the bat but they can’t afford to let Inge get away.

Please Keep Brandon Inge. He will be a gold glove third basemen. Miguel came into the league an outfielder and maybe if he could loose some weight he could play there again. The Tigers need the bat but they can’t afford to let Inge get away.

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