Posted by Bob Biscigliano
Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks had a pretty good approach at the dish tonight. Entering the 9th he was 3-3 with a 3B, HR, and 2B; just a single shy of becoming the youngest player in the history of MLB to hit for the cycle. In the 9th inning he hit a hard ball near the hole but the Bucs 2B made a decent play. Upton, brother of Tampa Bay Devil Rays B.J. Upton, still has 93 days to accomplish the feat. It astonishes me that Justin was at the same showcase as I was in high school. Look at the striking resemblences!!
Justin's performance tonight was overshadowed by something that was a little bit bigger of a deal.......the end of the relationship between Jason Grilli and I. Entering the 8th inning with a 6-1 lead, Jason allowed 5 runs, 4 of them coming off a grand salami sandwich, tying the game. Nate Robertson was firery hot with anger because he was in line for the win and was hoping to don his new haircut in celebratory post game interviews. Stupid Jason Grilli, we're through. He is no longer allowed to sleep over at my house or wear my favorite Inspector Gadget pj's. I probably will never talk to him again unless he blows the World Series or doesn't give me back my fuggin Captain America action figure. If either of those happen, I will probably write him a letter containing anthrax and sign it as from Nazr Mohammed. Luckily, the Tigers kept their bats in the oven over night and won 9-6. Todd Jones picked up another save in the 9th giving him 30 on the year and 293 for his career. ESPN plans on being at every Tigers game after he reaches 299 with hopes of capturing his 300th save LIVE. I'm sure there will be a grand feast with streamers for everyone afterwards. Bud Selig will bring Jonesy all the finest meats and cheeses in all the lands.
Oh! I almost forgot to touch on this subject. Barry Bonds hit his 756th home run tonight. Dimitri Young said, "whooptee-dooo," and slapped his wife in a natural response to the occasion.
Although I am a HUGE advocate of the 'I Hope Barry Bonds Sticks A Needle in His Eye' Fan Club, I was slightly touched by his speech. The ending when he thanked his dad was emotional. Bobby is most definately up in heaven looking down on his son...... get it??? Also, it was extra classy of Hank Aaron to give a heart felt congratulatory video message to Barry. Very smart of Hank to not let everyone see that his fingers were crossed. Very nice.
I'm going home tomorrow so please be patient for future posts. I'd say stay at your computer and click refresh only once every 15 minutes as opposed to the normal 5. Thanks.