Following a loss like today’s Tigers/Royals game, I’m reminded by a quote from Sparky Anderson (which he, admittedly probably stole from Connie Mack, John McGraw or Casey Stengel) in baseball, you can expect to win 50 games and lose 50 games. It’s what you do with those other 50 (now 62) game that determines the season.
While I’m happy that the Tigers have already had 6 come-from behind wins this season, am I the only person concerned that the wins have come against Cleveland and Kansas City? No offense to either team, but they’re not exactly American League juggernauts. So far, I haven’t watched a game this season thinking that the Tigers were expected or expecting to win. Nonetheless, I am happy to see they are playing all nine innings and taking advantage of the soft bullpens of both teams this far.
This weekend in Seattle may be their first real test. The M’s went into this season with many people thinking the AL West race would be wide open and that they have a chance to win. So far, the M’s haven’t exactly lived up to their hype. Right now I’m juat glad that Saturday night’s game will be on the MLB Network.
Thursday is, of course, Jackie Robinson Day. By now, its hard to describe the impact of that day in Brooklyn, April 15, 1947, without sounding like a broken record. The thing that always strikes me is that Robinson and Branch Rickey de-segregated baseball eight years before Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat and seventeen years before the Civil Rights Act was signed into law. I can’t even imagine what baseball, and America in general, would be like had Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey not dragged America, kicking and screaming, into the Civil Rights Movement.