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Tails From the Dugout

Ramon Santiago -Detroit Tigers. (File Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Potential Can Be A Heavy Load

I will admit…I drank the Kool-Aid during Spring Training feeling like the Tigers needed only to show up and the pennant would be theirs. But then reality hit. Doug Fister went down with an injury…..the shaky start for closer Jose Valverde….a brief slump by Miguel Cabera…all brought home the fact that you don’t win on paper.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/18/2012

Detroit Tigers v Tampa Bay Rays

G-Money To The Rescue For The Tigers

If you heard that one of the Tigers had a homer and three hits to lead the team to a 5 to 2 victory over the Chicago White Six, your first guess might be Miguel Cabrera or Prince Fielder. Nope. How about Austin Jackson, Alex Avilla, Delmon Young, or even Ryan Raybun? Wrong again. The unlikely hitting hero for the Tigs on Sunday was Gerald Laird, getting the start at catcher to give Avilla the day off.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/15/2012

Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers

WOW! What A Weekend For The Tigers

If this past weekend is any indication, this should be a fun summer at Comerica Park. What’s the over/under on how many home runs the Tigers’ Dynamic Duo of Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera can hit? How many games can Justin Verlander win? How many times will the place sell out?

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/09/2012

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One Down…161 To Go For The Tigers

There’s always something special about opening day in Detroit. The fans who start arriving in the middle of the night for their tailgate parties. The signs and tents popping up all over downtown. The green grass and perfectly groomed field at Comerica Park. The optimism and enthusiasm that the Tigers will win it all.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/06/2012

Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

A Season To Remember

The smoke has cleared and now the Tigers can look at 2011 and be proud of what they had accomplished.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/16/2011

Cleveland Indians v Detroit Tigers

2011’s Tigers Full of MVP’S

When I sat down and started to think about the Tiger’s MVP it occurred to me that at one time or the other almost every player could fit that category.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/28/2011

Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates in the locker room after winning the American League Central Division in a game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on September 16, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Credit: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

World Series Bound And Pickin’ Up Steam

1968. 1984. 2006. Those years marked very special seasons for the Detroit Tigers. Now, you can include 2011 with that list of outstanding Tiger teams.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/18/2011

Tigers celebrate a come from behind win. (File Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

I Have Seen The Promised Land

The Tigers have gotten to the promised land ( a division title) for the first time in 1987. Unlike 2006….when they couldn’t close the deal and got into the post season by being the league’s “wild card.” This is also different in another way, in 2006 it was a pleasant surprise to get into the playoffs, while this time around it was expected.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/18/2011

Detroit Tigers v Minnesota Twins

I Can See The Tape

If you had the power to pick when a team should get hot….it would be right now.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/13/2011

Relief pitcher Jose Valverde (File photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Put The Champagne On Ice

Get ready to pop the cork on your Dom Perignon. Better make it a Miller Lite. This is baseball, after all. And besides, who can afford a $500 bottle of champagne? The Tigers are about to celebrate their first division title since 1987.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/11/2011