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Sunday, May 06, 2012

Jerry Green: Loyal Tiger Brandon Inge deserved better than the boos

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.

Character matters!

...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.

Repoz Posted: May 06, 2012 at 07:28 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: May 06, 2012 at 11:50 AM (#4124610)
Character matters!

Yes, it does. But when you're a professional baseball player, your job is to create runs, and Inge couldn't do that anymore.

Hell, I'm a huge fan of the guy; I was the one who came up with "angry Inge" on this board (I think). I'd love to see him in a Tigers uniform again someday, as a coach or even the manager. He's good people.
   2. Gotham Dave Posted: May 06, 2012 at 11:51 AM (#4124611)
And Brandon Inge symbolized Detroit — hard scrabble, tough, a worker — whatever Detroit really is.
I know the guy isn't a great player, but man, no need to be so harsh.
   3. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: May 06, 2012 at 11:51 AM (#4124612)
Holy crap - nostalgic much?

Inge had long past worn out his "use by" date. He's kind of lucky he got another major league gig, isn't he?

Green needs to pine for - and inflate - the true hero of D-Town: Jack Morris.
   4. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 06, 2012 at 12:24 PM (#4124626)
Brandon Inge symbolized Detroit — hard scrabble, tough, a worker — whatever Detroit really is.


Past its prime, a shell of its former self, not of much use to anyone.
   5. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: May 06, 2012 at 12:25 PM (#4124627)
Brandon Inge is a burned out crack house?
   6. BDC Posted: May 06, 2012 at 01:02 PM (#4124646)
Well, TFE says that Inge didn't deserve better from the Tigers, but from the fans who booed him. I think. I don't really feel like clicking on TFA to explore more of these nuances, honestly. But yeah, booing a ballplayer simply for being not very good is a classless move.

   7. Dr. Vaux Posted: May 06, 2012 at 01:27 PM (#4124651)
It is true that ex-pat Detroiters are the most loyal of those from any city I've encountered, in no small part, probably, because we have to put up with the kind of #### in this thread more than people from any other city.
   8. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: May 06, 2012 at 01:36 PM (#4124656)
Isn't Detroit considering tearing down whole blocks of crack houses and turning them into farm land? Seriously, within city limits.

So if he waits long enough Inge could stand for everything that makes America great: amber waves of grain rippling around the crack houses, God, guts, and get-up-and-go!
   9. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: May 06, 2012 at 01:37 PM (#4124657)
Yes, it does. But when you're a professional baseball player, your job is to create runs, and Inge couldn't do that anymore.

Hell, I'm a huge fan of the guy; I was the one who came up with "angry Inge" on this board (I think). I'd love to see him in a Tigers uniform again someday, as a coach or even the manager. He's good people.


So he does deserve better than the boos, right?
   10. DanG Posted: May 06, 2012 at 02:25 PM (#4124680)
It's nothing personal - the fans weren't simply booing Inge. They were booing the circumstance that led to their team giving at bats to this out machine. They were booing the idiots responsible for having Inge on the team. They were expressing their frustration that Leyland wasn't given significantly better options to play at 2B.
   11. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 06, 2012 at 02:53 PM (#4124697)
From what I hear, the problem of people leaving Detroit may be bigger than Brandon Inge.

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