Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Yesterday in Review

Yesterday was a bit of a roller coaster day with a few ups and many downs for me, culminating in the defeat of the Detroit Tigers. I love you and I will always love you Tigers, even if you have another season in which you lose 119 games. For no other reason other than I want to, here is a brief review of my day yesterday followed by a few ironic moments from the big baseball game.

Bad - Had to wake up earlier than usual to get to the airport to go to California
Good - Airplane left on time
Bad - Airplane had to turn around after 30 minutes in the air because pilot thought we might have hit a bird/flock on takeoff (also bad, birds getting hit by airplane)
Good - Did not die from bird strikes
Bad - Had to wait for an hour to re-board a new plane
Good - There was another plane available to re-board in the middle of the day
Bad - After re-boarding plane, luggage guys loaded plane, were missing bag, unloaded plane, rescanned all bags, still missing bag, waited another hour, and then eventually the missing bag magically reappeared
Good - One person had underpants to wear today who otherwise would not have
Bad - The airplane did not weigh the right amount, resulting in another 60 minute wait where I guess they put us on a scale or something
Good - Got extra pretzels for being good-natured after we eventually took off
Bad - had to take the stupid SFO monorail to the rental car center. Way less fun than Disney's monorail
Good - No line at rental car place
Bad - Literally no cars available when I made it to the garage. I ended up with a freaking electric blue KIA with 42,000 miles on it, no key fob, several scratches, and it feels like it's going to fall apart when I hit the accelerator
Good - I did not kill anyone after my travels
Bad - Tigers Lost
Good - I did not kill anyone after Tigers lost

It was a weird day, but all of the sins of the day could have been forgiven if the Tigers could have pulled it off. Here are a few things that I noticed about the game yesterday that were notable and largely ironic:
  • Gerald Laird, the guy who said the Tigers were "in the driver's seat" a few weeks ago, struck out after a 3-1 count with the bases loaded and two outs in extra innings
  • Brandon Inge, after getting hit by a pitch, grounded into a fielder's choice at home with the bases loaded and only one out. Just before that, Brandon Inge had a double to put the Tigers in the lead. He also made a diving play that temporarily saved the game - so he saved, ruined, and saved the game in 1 hour
  • Miguel Cabrera, likely still drunk and booed like crazy, was almost nearly the star of the world with a big two run homerun
  • Magglio Ordonez, goat for the first 3/4 of the season, had a huge home run to tie the game up after the Tigers fell behind
  • Ryan Raburn, after screwing up the Tiger's chance to win on a terrible sliding catch attempt, temporarily saved the game with an amazing throw to home plate later in that same inning (with a good tag by Laird, who, as we all know, struck out with the bases loaded)
  • Placido Polanco, the guy who never strikes out, struck out with runners on first and third and no outs. TBS technology indicated it was a ball, thereby screwing the Tigers.
  • The Twin who Ryan Raburn threw out at home because of bad base running had the winning hit
There was more, but I have since forgotten because all the salt from my tears damaged my brain. It was a great game, but sometimes I'm convinced God is still mad at us for the race riots. Come on, God, I wasn't even alive at that time. Can't anyone give Detroit a break?

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