I was at Comerica on Friday heading down to my first row seats in left field (bought the tickets when the season first started for under face value…now the same tix go for $50 a piece on ebay)…as I heard them announce the starting lineup I thought I had just imagined that something was announced over the loud speakers. Did they just say Dimitri Young? Yep, the man who I called out and said "he will never appear in the english D again was batting 7th for the Tigers. I had made that comment about a month ago on my other sports blog (petycash.com) when there were rumors about him and his personal troubles and admittance to the Betty Ford Clinic. I was however extremly happy to hear him in the lineup and tried to get as many people as possible to stand up for him and cheer when he took his at bats. He hasn’t performed as well as previous management had expected while signing him a large contract, but he is still a Tiger and has had some bright spots while wearing the Old English D. Remember opening day 2005? I was on my couch thinking not only that the Tigers would make the postseason but that Dimitri really could hit 60 home runs this year… I mean what else can you think after someone hits 3 home runs in 1 game? you wouldnt expect only 20 hr’s for the rest of the year!
Dimitri delivered when it counted, getting a 2-run hit in a 1-1 ballgame. We all know that we need a left-handed bat, but is Dimitri the answer? After seeing the first two games of the Oakland series you would say yes, but will history come back to bite us..again? Dimitri has history of problems outside his personal life such as injuries. The big question now is "Do we have what we need?..or do we need something else?" This is why Dombrowski is the GM and I am not. Whatever happens I will always be behind the Tigers. I love Thames, Miner, and Monroe who have been tossed around in trade rumors. I do not want to see them go and think since Dimitri is back we may be able to keep them. But if a trade is to happen I am behind it (as long as we don’t give up the farm).
I am glad to see Dimitri contributing again and I wish him the best!