BRANDON INGE HAS 6,300,000 REASONS TO LEG OUT GROUND BALLSBy
As we told you yesterday, Sports Illustrated triggered rule #6 of Assignment Detroit: The Drinking Game with their cover story about a plucky Tigers team raising Detroit’s weary spirits out of the economic doldrums. This lift Detroit in sports meme is an almost semi-annual rite of passage for lazy sports writers and, when the Lions finally win a game, we’ll probably get some soft-focus awfulness about how much it all means. But SI’s piece reached a new low for schlock. Just how bad was it? Pull up a chair, this may take a minute.
For starters, the SI piece was wrong. They could have sent Janet Cooke or Stephen Glass (or Mitch Albom) to write the thing. It’s fiction. Detroit isn’t enthralled with the Tigers, not this year. Attendance has fallen sharply from 2008 and Detroit’s pennant race is one of the quietest ever. There’s no buzz, no slogans, no jingles. The Tigers didn’t lift Detroit out of an economic funk. The recession has sucked any excitement out a pennant race in this storied baseball town. That’s the story and Sports Illustrated missed it completely.
Worse, at least some Detroit Tigers actually believe this lame PR spin. Do you know why Brandon Inge runs out ground balls? If you said because they pay him $6,300,000 a year to do that, you’d be wrong. Brandon Inge (.549 post-All Star OPS) legs out grounders because you are poors.
If unemployment was at 5% and everyone was buying downtown condos, Inge wouldn’t care. But Inge looks in the stands and sees the hurt and pain. He knows that, without his hustle, all is lost for Detroit. Seriously, that’s what he told SI. Arrogant turd with his $6,300,000 guaranteed salary, .549 post-All Star OPS, and condescension. As our commenter jdg points out, Inge’s place on this team has a lot to do with Roseville knowing that he’s not a Mexican. MVP candidate Miguel Cabrera? They aren’t so sure.
Thankfully, people are starting to realize that this “sports lifts Detroit” is absurd. Sports blog juggernaut Deadspin thinks the entire notion is “like saying a terminal-ward patient might feel better about himself if someone bought him a big red balloon.” That pretty much nails it. Here’s your balloon, retards. Assuming Fernando Rodney doesn’t pop it in the ninth. Michigan gets bread and circus while the rest of the nation gets a slow but steady economic recovery. (Deadspin)
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