So, it's taken me a little while to get this post up, but I was able to go to CoPa for the first time this year, due to a birthday surprise from a couple friends. Awesome I know. Overall, I was really happy with the tiger's performance. It was the second game of the double-header against the Rangers, so I got to see a Tiger's win, and it was just plain exciting to see JV face off against Feliz in a killer pitcher's duel. The seats were great, we won the game, and I got to enjoy great company, but there was one thing I could not get over... the overall hatred Tiger's fans seem to have against Brandon Inge.
I understand completely that the guy sucks at baseball right now. He came into Saturday's game hitting .071. He'd have to be an anorexic 8th grade girl to even begin to be hitting his weight. His defense at second base isn't so good that he can hit that poorly. And even though it's the beginning of the season, it is a disturbing trend. I understand all of this, and I personally would rather have Danny Worth up here than Inge.
I'm not going to constantly heckle the poor guy throughout the entire game though! One of the girls that went to the game with me was kind of disturbed by it. She is a diehard Cards fan from St. Louis and felt really bad for Inge. When other people's fans feel bad for a guy, you know the situation has gotten out of hand. It's okay to boo him when he misplays an easy ball. If he strikes out for the third time in one day, groans of disappointment are acceptable. But what's sad is that people were heckling him before he even started to play. I guess that as a Tiger's fan that doesn't have the privilege to attend many games, I don't want to spend my time harassing my team. I'd rather heckle the Rangers. I don't see what real Tigers fans have to gain from bothering Brandon throughout the entire game. I doubt it's going to make him a better second-baseman.
The thing that shocks me most about this whole "We hate Brandon" trend is that he was one of the most beloved players one or two years ago. There are those who have always hated him, but as loyal fans, I honestly don't think we should be kicking the guy while he's down. I mean, he doesn't have to play for the Tigers, but Jim Leyland doesn't need a belligerent "YOU SUCK, BRANDON" to tell him that. Let Brandon play the game, and Leyland will decide whether or not Brandon plays at Comerica or in triple A.
Other than that, I had a fabulous time! I was kind of obsessed with the new huge Tiger sign on top the new huge megatron-thing. It's really cool!
Rant over. That was kind of a bad loss to the mariners, but I'm still optimistic about the season! Go Tigers!