April 11, 2010

Oh, my, 2010 is going to be fun in Motown!

Let's get it out of the way right now.

These guys are for real. They're the Comeback Cats.

So far in 2010, the Tigers have been fun to watch. Sure, they're not much early on, but they battle. They battle the whole game. It's like the 2006 slogan "Nine hard innings." This is a different team than '09. I'm not sure what the difference is, but David Dombrowski felt that changes had to be made, mostly in the clubhouse.

Several guys are gone from 2009: Placido Polanco, Curtis Granderson, Demon Drop Rodney, Brandon Lyon, Marcus Thames, Edwin Jackson ... Somewhere in there is the story. One or more of those guys had an effect on the clubhouse and atmosphere.

You can see a different spark in the Tigers.

I know that in '08 or '09, Jim Leyland said "chemistry doesn't matter." He said this club (2010) has the best chemistry of any club he's worked with. Well, does it matter or doesn't it? If you're the early–70s Athletics of Oakland, it's meaningless. Same for the late–70s Yankees. But, for some teams, a good mix and balance creates the perfect ingredients: a winning atmosphere.

I really like(d) the addition of Johnny Damon — I think he's going to be a great leader on and off the field. And, Austin Jackson is going to be a fine ball player. He can hit, run, throw, and all that good stuff. I think he will command center field in Comerica Park much better than Curtis Granderson, or even Nook Logan, for that matter ... Phil Coke brings something to the bullpen, but the return of Joel Zumaya and Jeremy Bonderman are huge and solid — and if we can get a dozen wins out of Dontrelle Willis, that will be magnificent.

A couple of predictions: Magglio Ordonez will win the comeback player of the year award and garner some MVP votes. He looks like he looked in '06 and '07. He's going to have a great year. And the guy hitting behind him ... look out. Miguel Cabrera looks like he's ready to squash some demons.

I reckon a championship team in the past may have been called the comeback cats, as well. But, there's nothing wrong with history repeating itself and all of us finding a REASON TO ROAR. It's going to be one heckuva fun summer in The D.

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