As run producer turned first-run producer, Juan Samuel Goldwyn-Shares, once said…“I’ll take fifty percent efficiency on the ball field to get one hundred percent loyalty!”
And Brandon Inge symbolized Detroit — hard scrabble, tough, a worker — whatever Detroit really is.
Detroit, to me, is more than a city defined by boundary lines. It is a region, an attitude, an atmosphere, a feeling, a place with heart. And it extends north and east and west and south, covering much of a paining state.
You might leave Detroit, but Detroit could never leave you.
...In truth, Inge was run out of Detroit. He was chased into exile. Booed and ridiculed, sprayed with venom. By people who ignore character and effort — and cherish their team more than they cherish family, job, country. The daily essentials of living.
...And time and again these past few years, Inge spoke of his love for Detroit — the region, the people, the lunch-bucket atmosphere.
For 12 years, he wore the Olde English D over his heart with honor and dignity. Now he wears the A. He deserved better, not from the Tigers, but from those who ran him out of town.