It's been about a month since we were as excited about a Detroit Tigers game as we are about tonight's contest. Partly this is because the boys finally showed some life last night with 17 hits, 12 runs and a solid starting pitching performance from Justin Verlander. But it's also because their manager, Jim Leyland, delivered two lectures in accountability last night that go in the annals of salty and to-the-point language. The second lecture was delivered to the team and the first one was to the press and is right here for your edification. (LANGUAGE ALERT!!!)
That's our guy Jimbo from the high school year book of 46 years ago. The following year he was playing minor league catcher in the Tigers' farm system. Some days it seems like yesterday that we were playing Little League ball against his brother, Larry.
And no, that's not the first time we've heard a fastball over the heart of the plate described that way.
UPDATE: Tigers win with 9 runs on 14 hits. The Gambler gets the victory. Dontrelle will work his way backinto the rotation from the bullpen rather than from Toledo. Are we rollin' or are we teasin'?
UPDATE2: Sweep! Another 9 runs; 30 runs in the 3 games since the lecture on accountability. Next up, Twins.