Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tigers Simply Tough to Watch

Multiple words can describe how I thought I would feel watching the Motor City Kittens before the Season: Excited.  Happy.  Joy.  Pride.  Pumped.  Anticipation.  Thrilled.  Multiple words now describe the reality of my Tigers viewing experience:  Anger.  Frustration.  Disappointment.  Let down.  Furious.  Agonizing.  Not fun.  I am serious.  I am getting to the point where watching the Detroit Tigers is a completely negative experience.  No, I am not being a fair weather fan.  I am just calling like it is.  they are flat out tough to watch and approaching unwatchable.  It is 3 hours of disappointment, underachievement, blown opportunities and/or leads, and bad decision-making.  Anyone saying anything different is either the ultimate optimist, delusional, or a complete homer.  The Tigers have become an afternoon/evening destroyer.

Last night is a perfect example of  the garbage we keep watching and why it is negative experience.  The starting pitching, in this case Porcello, was bad...AGAIN.  The bats, outside of 1 3-run inning, were dead...AGAIN.  They left men in scoring position...AGAIN.  And we weren't seeing Cliff Lee last night ladies and gentlemen. It was Jimenez who has had control issues all year and has been terrible.  We managed 3 runs, in 1 inning.  Wow that's fun.  Then of course Leyland kept Porcello in probably 1-2 batters too long and when the pen did come in, they were gas cans of Sonoco proportions.  Not to mention the poor fielding which seems to be getting worse by the game.  At least if you can't play defense, make up for it with bashing the ball.  This has been the season so far.  This is how this team was built.  And they appear broken.  

For those of you who think they are going to magically turn this around, when does doubt creep in for you?  As I had stated before, the likes of Valverde, Peralta, Avila, Boesch, Young, etc., had career years last year.  Maybe what we are seeing now is what they truly are.  If that is the case, we have a very expensive, very average (maybe poor), very overrated baseball team.  And if that is the case, the turnaround ain't happening.  Not unless reinforcements are brought in in the form of trades.  And that means trading the deemed "untouchables" of Castellanos and Turner.  It's obvious whoever we have in Toledo cannot help this club.

I am guilty.  I was intoxicated by last season's success and the signing of Fielder.  I am starting to feel I was sold a bill of goods and was duped into thinking we have a championship team.  I am starting to think we were all duped.  Hell they haven't won 2 games in a row in almost 2 months!!  The Motor City Kittens are getting more difficult to watch by the game.  On most nights (or at least every other night seeing they are around .500) they are a waste of invested emotions, a waste of energy, and a waste of time.  They are simply agonizing to watch.  How long will it be before they are completely unwatchable?

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