Posted by Bob Biscigliano in Detroit Tigers
Sad news came today as the Detroit Tigers have traded catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez (the grown man getting kissed on the cheek above) to the New York f'ing Yankees in return for reliever Kyle Farnsworth. While this basically solidifies a Yankees team that will make a run for the playoffs....again.... the Tigers receive an arm for their depleted bullpen. When first hearing the news of this trade, I was pissed. We traded our catcher that started the entire Tiger turnaround movement, our catcher that has won 13 gold gloves in his career, helps our pitchers so much, and hits right around .300 for his entire career. Why shouldn't I be pissed off, embarassed, and peeing my pants??? I'll tell you why. The Tigers got help in their bullpen for THIS year which means they are not throwing in the towel for this season. Brandon Inge is a more than adequate catcher who has a lot of pop. If only he hit above .250. I shouldn't be embarassed because Pudge is old, in his last year of his contract, and Farnsworth will provide bullpen help. If he doesn't he'll simply pile drive you, Jeremy Affeldt and anyone else who gets in his way. Lastly, I shouldn't be peeing my pants after this trade because that's just weird and immature. I'm 23 years old and I should really get my involuntary pissing problem checked out. Whether we like it or not, the trade has been made and I don't want to sound like a broken record and break it down anymore like every blog, newspaper, radio, or tv show in America will be doing for the next 24 hours. Brandon Inge is our catcher, Chip helped me calm down a lot about this trade, and the Tigers are going to make up the 5.5 games they are behind the White Sox and win the World Series. I'm going to go ahead real quick and compare Brandon Inge with Chris Osgood back in the day. Osgood was the young guy waiting in the wings (yes, pun intended) and took over an aging keeper to go on and win the cup. Now Inge can take over aging Pudge and go on and win a world series, like Pudge has done before (Only it wasn't with Detroit). See how this beautiful story ends????? I'll keep you posted. In the meantime, I'm going to go have a hot fudge sunday in memory of Pudge Rodriguez.