Sour grapes, indeed.
Well, it looked like we did need those big 'ol goofballs after all. Seeing those (many) glorious pictures after (many) long days of Tiger-less-ness was EXACTLY what the doctor ordered. For us, seeing Justin Verlander atop a tank, Jose Valverde bagging groceries or Rick Porcello just standing there was almost like being in a cold, dark room for three months and then suddenly being thrust into the sun. If you didn't get that cheesy and ridiculous metaphor, let us put it this way:
SEEING THE TIGERS, EVEN IF IT WAS JUST BY WAY OF PHOTOGRAPH, IS ALWAYS AWESOME. ESPECIALLY AFTER MONTHS OF NOTHING BUT BORDOM AND PAIN.
The one thing that would be better than seeing Justin Verlander on a tank or Rick Porcello just standing there? Seeing them on the pitcher's mound, throwing freaking baseballs. We're close, people. But yet so far!
In case you missed out on the extreme awesomeness that was the Tigers Caravan, here are some of our favorite pics that we have
In other news…
Obviously since Victor's injury the rumor mills have been a-whirlin' about who will replace him. We personally are big Vlad Guerrero fans, but that is just one of many options (not all of them good). Lately there has been lots of talk about Johnny Damon returning to the D. At first this idea wasn't really an attractive one--been there, done that--but the idea is quickly growing on us. Johnny only brought positivity and cohesiveness to the clubhouse, something that will be lacking with the departure of sweet V-Mart. Plus, he has a wonderful influence on the youngsters (we're looking at you, Austin!!!) and we all know how much the team liked their robes!
In all seriousness, losing Victor clearly was a blow, but it looks like the team will be fine--depending on who we get. If we get Vlad or Johnny, that's great! If we get someone like Manny Ramirez, euuhghghghghh! But In Dombrowski We Trust. His brilliance last year has given us few reasons to doubt him. All we can do is wait and see.
Good thing we're incredibly patient.