baseball http://michiganradio.org en Remembering the quiet dignity of baseball's Hank Aaron http://michiganradio.org/post/remembering-quiet-dignity-baseballs-hank-aaron <p></p><p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">You’ve heard of Babe Ruth. If he’s not the best known American athlete of the last century, he’s in the top five. He was more beloved – by Americans of all stripes – than probably anyone. Ruth loved the fans, and the fans loved him back.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">In 1961, when fellow Yankee Roger Maris – a nice, humble guy – was approaching Ruth’s record of 60 home runs in a season, he became so stressed his hair started falling out.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">When Hank Aaron started approaching Ruth’s career home run record, he had it worse, for two very simple reasons: 714 home runs was the record in baseball that even the casual fan knew. And second, unlike Maris, Aaron is black. Of course, that shouldn’t matter in the least – but it mattered a lot in 1974.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Aaron grew up in Mobile, Alabama, one of seven children. They say his wrists were strong from picking cotton, and also his unusual practice of swinging “cross-handed” – that is, holding the bat with his left hand on top, instead of his right, a habit he didn’t break until the minor leagues.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Aaron made it to the Milwaukee Braves in 1954, one of the first African-Americans to play major league baseball. According to Daniel Okrent, a best-selling author who invented fantasy baseball, this was baseball’s richest decade for talent, because every kid grew up playing baseball – not soccer – and, finally, everybody was allowed to play.</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:10:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 17185 at http://michiganradio.org Remembering the quiet dignity of baseball's Hank Aaron Vote now to get your favorite food added to the Fifth Third Ballpark concession menu http://michiganradio.org/post/vote-now-get-your-favorite-food-added-fifth-third-ballpark-concession-menu <p>All right, you fans of West Michigan's Whitecaps, it's your chance to decide what treat will be added to the concession menu at Fifth Third Ballpark.</p><p>The annual <a href="http://www.milb.com/content/page.jsp?ymd=20120220&amp;content_id=26765802&amp;fext=.jsp&amp;sid=t582&amp;vkey=">online poll</a> lets fans choose their favorite item from ideas submitted by fans. The team has pulled a top-10 list from hundreds of ideas.</p><p>Mickey Graham is with the West Michigan Whitecaps, and he joined us today to discuss some of the top choices.&nbsp;</p><p><i>Listen to the full interview above.</i></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:56:31 +0000 Stateside Staff 16642 at http://michiganradio.org Vote now to get your favorite food added to the Fifth Third Ballpark concession menu Detroit's Max Scherzer wins the AL Cy Young award http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-max-scherzer-wins-al-cy-young-award <p>Detroit Tigers pitcher <a href="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/scherma01.shtml">Max Scherzer</a> easily won <a href="http://mlb.si.com/2013/11/13/max-scherzer-clayton-kershaw-cy-young/">the American League Cy Young Award </a>Wednesday.</p><p></p><p>The award honors the best pitcher in Major League Baseball this year. Scherzer led the major leagues with 21 victories this season.</p><p></p><p>Scherzer gave credit to his Detroit Tigers teammates.</p><p></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 01:45:21 +0000 Steve Carmody 15276 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's Max Scherzer wins the AL Cy Young award Tigers manager Jim Leyland steps aside http://michiganradio.org/post/tigers-manager-jim-leyland-steps-aside <p><strong>Update 2:00 p.m.</strong></p><p>Here's the <a href="http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:9858387">video from the press conference</a>:</p><p><script src="http://player.espn.com/player.js?playerBrandingId=4ef8000cbaf34c1687a7d9a26fe0e89e&adSetCode=91cDU6NuXTGKz3OdjOxFdAgJVtQcKJnI&pcode=1kNG061cgaoolOncv54OAO1ceO-I&width=320&height=240&externalId=espn:9858387&thruParam_espn-ui[autoPlay]=false&thruParam_espn-ui[playRelatedExternally]=true"></script></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">11:30 a.m.</strong></p><p>It's official. <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/det/jim-leyland-stepping-down-as-detroit-tigers-manager?ymd=20131021&amp;content_id=63201648&amp;vkey=news_det">Jason Beck writes for MLB.com</a>:</p><blockquote><p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.3em; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Jim Leyland is stepping down as manager of the Tigers, and he will announce his decision today at a news conference scheduled for 11:30 a.m. ET at Comerica Park ...</p><p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.3em; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The decision ends Leyland's eight-year tenure leading the team he grew up with, first as a Minor League catcher and then as a manager in its farm system. This season was his 50th in professional baseball, 22 of them managing at the big league level, the last eight in Detroit.</p></blockquote><p><strong>10:36 a.m.</strong></p><p>It's not official yet, but talk radio and Twitter are buzzing about the expected announcement that Tigers manager Jim Leyland will announce his <strike>retirement</strike>&nbsp;decision at an 11:30 press conference this morning.</p><p>This from <a href="http://espn.go.com/mlb/playoffs/2013/story/_/id/9857689/detroit-tigers-manager-jim-leyland-return-reports-say">ESPN.com</a>:</p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17px;">Jim Leyland won't return as manager of the Detroit Tigers&nbsp;next season, a decision the team will announce in a Monday morning news conference, according to multiple reports.</span></p></blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 17px;">Here's how the news broke on Twitter:</span></p><p></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Tigers holding an 11:30 am presser. Trying to track down rumblings that Jim Leyland may be announcing his retirement.</p>— Detroit Sports 1051 (@DSports1051) <a href="https://twitter.com/DSports1051/statuses/392282658753220608">October 21, 2013</a></blockquote><p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p><p></p><p></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sources telling our <a href="https://twitter.com/TomMazawey">@TomMazawey</a> that Leyland informed team of his decision to retire on the flight home from Boston.</p>— Detroit Sports 1051 (@DSports1051) <a href="https://twitter.com/DSports1051/statuses/392284162625138689">October 21, 2013</a></blockquote><p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p><p>Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek will be at the news conference this morning.</p><p><em>*The headline for this story changed when the information was confirmed by MLB.com. Early reports used the word "retirement." He says he's taking another position with the Tigers, hence the strikethrough above.</em></p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:00:07 +0000 Mark Brush 14921 at http://michiganradio.org Tigers manager Jim Leyland steps aside The Tigers' Jim Leyland by the numbers http://michiganradio.org/post/tigers-jim-leyland-numbers <p><em><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="line-height: normal;">"I hope you enjoyed me as much as I enjoyed you." - Jim Leyland in a statement to fans</span></font></em></p><p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="line-height: normal;">Here are some of the significant numbers from Leyland's career as an MLB manager (<a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/michigan/files/201310/Jim_Leyland_Announces_Retirement.pdf">numbers from the Detroit Tigers</a>):</span></font></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:44:00 +0000 Mark Brush 14923 at http://michiganradio.org The Tigers' Jim Leyland by the numbers Red Sox slam Tigers again, ending Detroit's season http://michiganradio.org/post/red-sox-slam-tigers-again-ending-detroits-season <p>BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Red Sox are going to the World Series for the third time in 10 seasons.<br /><br />Shane Victorino launched a go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Red Sox past the Detroit Tigers 5-2 in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. Victorino's home run came on an 0-2 pitch and followed an error by shortstop Jose Iglesias to load the bases.<br /> Sun, 20 Oct 2013 10:34:02 +0000 The Associated Press 14910 at http://michiganradio.org Red Sox slam Tigers again, ending Detroit's season The Detroit Tigers are heading home after splitting two games with Boston in the ALCS http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-tigers-are-heading-home-after-splitting-two-games-boston-alcs <p>The Detroit Tigers split the first two games of their American League Conference Series with the Boston Red Sox over the weekend.</p><p>It looked like the Tigers were going to win both games over the weekend.&nbsp;&nbsp; Saturday, the Tigers defeated the Red Sox 1 to 0 in Game One.</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 04:15:28 +0000 Steve Carmody 14829 at http://michiganradio.org The Detroit Tigers are heading home after splitting two games with Boston in the ALCS Detroit Tigers win Game 5 in Oakland, will play Boston in the American League Championship series http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-tigers-win-game-5-oakland-will-play-boston-american-league-championship-series <p>The Detroit Tigers are on their way to the American League Championship series.</p><p>The Tigers defeated the Oakland A&rsquo;s last night to win their American League Division Series playoff. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Tigers pitching ace Justin Verlander dominated last night&rsquo;s game in Oakland.</p><p>Verlander struck out 10 Oakland batters on the way to a 3-0 Tigers win.&nbsp;</p><p>The Tigers will now play the Boston Red Sox for the right to play in the World Series. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 03:46:49 +0000 Steve Carmody 14811 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Tigers win Game 5 in Oakland, will play Boston in the American League Championship series The Detroit Tigers host the Oakland A's in baseball playoff game today http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-tigers-host-oakland-baseball-playoff-game-today <p>The Detroit Tigers take on the Oakland A&rsquo;s in today&#39;s game three of their American League Division Series.</p><p>The teams are tied one-one in the best of five game series. The series has been marked by strong pitching and little scoring by both sides.</p><p>Tigers&rsquo; manager Jim Leyland says he would like to see his players produce more runs in this afternoon&rsquo;s game at Comerica Park.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:44:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14740 at http://michiganradio.org The Detroit Tigers host the Oakland A's in baseball playoff game today Jim Leyland and Jim Schwartz display two ways to celebrate a win for Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/jim-leyland-and-jim-schwartz-display-two-ways-celebrate-win-detroit <p>It&#39;s not exactly an apples to apples comparison.</p><p>The Detroit Tigers had just clinched a division title after a long season, and the Detroit Lions had simply won a game, b<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ut&nbsp;the two different ways the head coaches of Detroit&#39;s major sports teams celebrate a win does show something about their personalities.</span></p><p>Here&#39;s the &quot;Jim Leyland moonwalk&quot; making the rounds online (You can scroll to 1:25 to see the moonwalk, but his heartfelt &#39;thank you&#39; to his players, staff, and fans is worth watching. - you can follow this <a href="http://www.foxsportsdetroit.com/pages/video?videoid=30cac00e-dcc7-42f8-b3c9-bbd9fcd23732&amp;src=v5:share:sharepermalink:&amp;from=sharepermalink">link </a>if the video doesn&#39;t load below):</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="270" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://hub.video.msn.com/embed/30cac00e-dcc7-42f8-b3c9-bbd9fcd23732/?vars=Y29uZmlnTmFtZT1zeW5kaWNhdGlvbnBsYXllciZsaW5rYmFjaz1odHRwJTNBJTJGJTJGd3d3LmZveHNwb3J0c2RldHJvaXQuY29tJTJGJmxpbmtvdmVycmlkZTI9aHR0cCUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy5mb3hzcG9ydHNkZXRyb2l0LmNvbSUyRnBhZ2VzJTJGdmlkZW8lM0Z2aWRlb2lkJTNEJTdCMCU3RCZjb25maWdDc2lkPU1TTlZpZGVvJm1rdD1lbi11cyZzeW5kaWNhdGlvbj10YWcmYnJhbmQ9RlNfRGV0cm9pdCZmcj1zaGFyZWVtYmVkLXN5bmRpY2F0aW9u" width="480">&amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;A data-cke-saved-href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;http://www.foxsportsdetroit.com/pages/video?videoid=30cac00e-dcc7-42f8-b3c9-bbd9fcd23732&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;src=v5:embed:syndication:&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;from=shareembed-syndication&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;http://www.foxsportsdetroit.com/pages/video?videoid=30cac00e-dcc7-42f8-b3c9-bbd9fcd23732&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;src=v5:embed:syndication:&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;from=shareembed-syndication&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; target=&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;_new&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; title=&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;Tigers clinch AL Central - Part 1&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Video: Tigers clinch AL Central - Part 1&amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/A&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;</iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And here&#39;s the &quot;Jim Schwartz headset throw&quot; going around the net (the Lions had just beaten the Washington Redskins - follow this <a href="http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/190z5gcgks0wcgif/original.gif">link </a>if the video doesn&#39;t load below):</span></p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MSZstYvv5c">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MSZstYvv5c</a></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Maybe it&#39;s just <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmXacL0Uny0">the difference between baseball and football</a>.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">H/T to Tony Brown.</span></p><p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 14:27:26 +0000 Mark Brush 14618 at http://michiganradio.org Jim Leyland and Jim Schwartz display two ways to celebrate a win for Detroit I loved baseball from the start – but it didn’t love me http://michiganradio.org/post/i-loved-baseball-start-it-didn-t-love-me <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">When I started in tee-ball, I was so short that if the catcher put the tee on the far corner of the plate, I couldn’t reach it. &nbsp;Yes, I struck out – in tee ball. &nbsp;</span></p><p><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Our first year of live pitching wasn’t any better. One game we were beating the other team so badly, they were about to trigger the “Mercy Rule,” and end the game. Coach Van pulled me in from my post in right field – where I kept company with the dandelions – and told me to pitch. I wasn’t a pitcher – I wanted to be a catcher, like Bill Freehan -- but I’m thinking, “This is my chance.” &nbsp;I walked three batters, but miraculously got three outs. We won – and I figured that was my stepping stone to greater things.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">I was surprised my dad wasn’t as happy as I was. He knew better – but he didn’t tell me until years later: Coach Van was not putting me in to finish the game. He was putting me in to get shelled, so the game would keep going. He was putting me in to fail. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 11:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 13801 at http://michiganradio.org I loved baseball from the start – but it didn’t love me The Tigers are back! And Detroit celebrates http://michiganradio.org/post/tigers-are-back-and-detroit-celebrates <p>The <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130405/SPORTS0104/304050427/Prince-Fielder-homers-twice-Tigers-win-home-opener?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 8-3</a> at their home opener Friday.</p><p>More than 45,000 fans jammed Comerica Park to see the game—an opening day record.</p><p>But tens of thousands more came to downtown Detroit just to enjoy the festival atmosphere, in what has become a semi-official holiday in southeast Michigan.</p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 22:06:37 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12031 at http://michiganradio.org The Tigers are back! And Detroit celebrates Spirit of Detroit suits up for the Tigers, Bing talks trash http://michiganradio.org/post/spirit-detroit-suits-tigers-bing-talks-trash <p>This photo was tweeted out by Matt Helms, City Hall reporter for the Detroit Free Press.</p><p>Helms writes in today's <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20121024/SPORTS02/121024046/Detroit-mayor-Bing-talks-trash-San-Francisco-mayor-says-Tigers-will-win-World-Series">Detroit Free Press</a> that Mayor Bing has been trash talking with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.</p><p>The two have made a wager, writes Helms, "the losing mayor has to visit the other team’s city to participate in a day of service for youth and youth programs."</p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 20:18:56 +0000 Mark Brush 9606 at http://michiganradio.org Spirit of Detroit suits up for the Tigers, Bing talks trash Baseball: 'I can't come out to play! It's raining out!' Why not? http://michiganradio.org/post/baseball-i-cant-come-out-play-its-raining-out-why-not <p>Last night's rain delay of Game 4 of the ALCS reminded me of one of my all-time-favorite George Carlin bits....</p><p>...the differences between football and baseball.</p><p>"Football is played in any kind of weather... rain, sleet, snow, hail, mud. Can't read the numbers on the field, can't read the yard markers, can't read the players numbers... the struggle will continue.</p><p>In baseball, if it rains, we don't come out to play!"</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-638Vd6Hteg</p><p>So why can't baseball be played in the rain?</p><p>I found <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/official_rules/game_preliminaries_3.jsp">the rules</a> that outline how a game is called (by the home team manager during the regular season, and by the league in a championship series).</p><p>But not <em>why </em>it's called.</p><p><a href="http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_don%27t_baseball_players_play_in_the_rain">This explanation</a> seemed to explain it well enough.</p><p>Rain affects the game of baseball differently because "it's a game of precision":</p><blockquote><p>As a result, heavy rain makes the ball extremely hard to grip. This actually harms the team on defense dramatically more than the team on offense. If a pitcher is unable to grip the ball, he will throw erratically and will have to significantly slow his pitches. As a result, the batting team will be at a great advantage as it is not significantly harder to swing a bat or run on a dirt track in the rain.</p></blockquote><p>When it's raining, the advantage goes to the offense.</p><p>Runs could be scored in bunches while the defense struggles to get three outs. Once an inning does end, the rain might let up, and the opposing team would no longer have the same advantage.</p><p>That makes sense to me. Although it does seem like it would be hard to slog through the mud to get on base.</p><p>How does this explanation sit with you? Are there any other explanations that you know of? Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:16:44 +0000 Mark Brush 9517 at http://michiganradio.org Baseball: 'I can't come out to play! It's raining out!' Why not? Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers wins AL MVP http://michiganradio.org/post/justin-verlander-detroit-tigers-wins-al-mvp <p>The Cy Young award last week. The American League MVP this week.</p><p>It was announced today that Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers took home the prestigious baseball award.</p><p>It&#39;s the first time a starting pitcher has won the award since Roger Clemens won it playing for Boston in 1986, according to ESPN.</p><p>More from <a href="http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7265534/cy-young-winner-justin-verlander-detroit-tigers-wins-al-mvp">ESPN.com</a>:</p> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 22:00:30 +0000 Mark Brush 5091 at http://michiganradio.org Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers wins AL MVP Detroit Tigers outlast NY Yankees to win Game 5, move on to ALCS http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-tigers-outlast-ny-yankees-win-game-5-move-alcs <p>Don Kelly and Delmon Young hit first-inning home runs, Doug Fister and the Detroit bullpen held on and the Tigers edged the New York Yankees 3-2 Thursday night to win the deciding Game 5 of the AL playoff series.</p><p>The Tigers escaped jams all game and advanced to the AL championship series against Texas.</p><p>Jose Valverde shut down the Yankees in the ninth as the Tigers eliminated New York in the division series for the second time in six seasons.</p> Fri, 07 Oct 2011 03:56:12 +0000 The Associated Press 4482 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Tigers outlast NY Yankees to win Game 5, move on to ALCS Good times for Detroit's sports teams http://michiganradio.org/post/good-times-detroits-sports-teams <p>Once in a while something happens that is so unusual, even those who don&rsquo;t normally pay attention have to stop and take notice.</p><p>Haley&rsquo;s Comet, for example, only comes along once every 75 years.</p><p>A leap year only comes around every four years.&nbsp; And Lindsey Lohan goes to jail &ndash; no, wait, that happens every week.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 10:30:06 +0000 John U. Bacon 4367 at http://michiganradio.org Good times for Detroit's sports teams Detroit, Milwaukee Get Ready For Post-Season Economic Boost http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-milwaukee-get-ready-post-season-economic-boost <p>There may be no joy in Boston or Atlanta, but there is plenty among baseball fans in the Great Lakes.</p><p>The Detroit Tigers and Milwaukee Brewers are headed to division playoff series in the American and National Leagues, respectively.</p><p>The Brewers have a leg up on their neighbors across Lake Michigan: they&rsquo;ve <a href="http://www.jsonline.com/sports/brewers/130745088.html">clinched</a> home field advantage in the best of five series. They play the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday and Saturday at Miller Park in Milwaukee.</p><p>The Tigers face the New York Yankees those same days <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20110929/SPORTS0104/109290369/Shades-of-2006--Tigers-open-playoffs-in-New-York">at Yankee Stadium</a> in New York, then return to Comerica Park on Monday. Thu, 29 Sep 2011 15:52:08 +0000 Micki Maynard 4365 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit, Milwaukee Get Ready For Post-Season Economic Boost History: Detroit Tigers http://michiganradio.org/post/history-detroit-tigers <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-988083.mp3</p><p><em>(*We&#39;re experiencing technical problems with one of the above audio files. Please ignore the &quot;audio processing&quot; message above.)</em></p><p>In 1935, the Detroit Tigers won the World Series. The last time the baseball team won their Division was back in 1987. And now the Tigers will open the playoffs this Friday. While it&rsquo;s certainly exciting for the team and its fans, is there a larger impact the city and the state can enjoy from a successful sports team?&nbsp; Michigan Radio&#39;s Jack Lessenberry gives us a historical perspective.</p><p> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 21:29:19 +0000 Jennifer White 4355 at http://michiganradio.org History: Detroit Tigers Glasses stolen off of Ernie Harwell statue at Comerica Park in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/glasses-stolen-ernie-harwell-statue-comerica-park-detroit <p>Someone has stolen the bronze glasses off of the Ernie Harwell statue inside Comerica Park. Officials from the Detroit Tigers noticed the missing glasses last July.</p><p>Neal Rubin, columnist for the <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20110920/OPINION03/109200340/Fan-steals-Ernie-Harwell%E2%80%99s-glasses-on-statue-at-Comerica-Park">Detroit News</a>, writes &quot;if you wouldn&#39;t use a crowbar on Ernie Harwell&#39;s face, you shouldn&#39;t use one on his statue, either.&quot;:</p><blockquote><p>Someone pried the glasses from his sculpture at Comerica Park, a theft both brazen and bronzen.</p><p>A new pair should be welded into place by Thursday, when the Detroit Tigers play Baltimore in the opener of a seven-game home stand, but please:</p><p>Can&#39;t we keep our hands and levers to ourselves?</p><p>Given his status as both an idol and an artwork, you&#39;d think Harwell would be immune to vandalism.</p></blockquote><p>Artist Omri Amrany says the new glasses will be attached &quot;as strongly as possible.&quot;</p><p>Rubin writes that Amrany &quot;once had to replace bronze broadcaster Harry Caray&#39;s stolen microphone in Chicago.&quot; Tue, 20 Sep 2011 16:40:09 +0000 Mark Brush 4225 at http://michiganradio.org Glasses stolen off of Ernie Harwell statue at Comerica Park in Detroit