An Ides of March Sunday Buffet

Sometimes there’s so much to talk about that it’s better to throw it all out there in no particular order…

  • Yeah, yeah. Pudge Rodriguez dipped himself in the Fountain of Youth in the offseason and is showing some zest in the World Baseball Classic. Any team that thinks he’ll perform at this level for a full season — at least as a number-one catcher — is fooling their bad selves. It was interesting, though, to see the number of teams (beyond the Marlins) reportedly interested in signing Señor Ivan. Among them, the Astros (where he’d replace, sorta, another former Tigers catcher, Brad Ausmus), the Twins (?!) and the Giants. Apparently the Marlins are waiting for him to come to grips with not being a full-time player in 2009.

    Then again, if Pudge withers at the end of the WBC, he could be looking at a longer wait.

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  • First it was Kerry Wood. Then Carl Pavano. Now it looks like the Indians are among the clubs eyeing Pedro Martinez. Given fifth-starter issues the Tigers are facing (we’re talking about you, Nate and Dontrelle), wouldn’t you think the Tigers would at least place a call? Who knows, maybe they already have. But if by some bizarre twist of fate, Pavano and Martinez are part of a Cleveland post-season rotation, it’s going to make one Tigers-blog-writin’ guy mighty unhappy.

  • Last week I attended three Cactus League games (of varying quality) with my pals Steve and John, who flew in from Detroit. The first game (Indians/Brewers) was about as ugly a contest as you can imagine — even by Spring Training standards. Final: Brewers 17 – Indians 7.

    The only notable thing to come out of it was that the Tribe rolls out 90-year-old Bob Feller (pictured) to sign autographs at every home Cactus League game. I didn’t get an autograph nor did I overhear Feller rail on how Jackie Robinson couldn’t/wouldn’t make it in the big leagues, as Feller did back in the day.

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    The second game, Dodgers versus Mariners at the beauteous new Camelback Ranch facility in Glendale, featured two former Tigers sightings. The first was a silver-haired Jim Slaton, now pitching coach for the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas, and as you might have read this week in the News, Mariners’ non-roster invitee Chris Shelton. It was nice to see him still in the mix somewhere.

    The final game was no-thrills tilt between the Rockies and Padres in Tucson. Todd Helton homered in his first at bat and that was enough for me. Oh, and a big thumbs-down to Hi Corbett Field for not accepting credit cards for concessions. I had to pay the $2.25 ATM charge instead. Bush league.

Finally, today’s the birthday of bad seed/jackass and former Tiger Robert Fick. He’s 35 today.

Author: Mike McClary

Upbeat guy.

4 thoughts on “An Ides of March Sunday Buffet”

  1. Yeah yeah..lol. We all know Pudge isn’t the player he once was(thats obvious)but he’s still better than most catchers offensively. He’s not good at blocking pitches but I rather have a Pudge on my team then no Pudge at all. I’d take a career .300 hitter over a .250 hitter(like most catchers)any day even if he was aging. Maybe he’ll succeed in the NL. I think he’s good enough to stick around a couple of more years. A lot of people are bitter about the way he left Detroit, but he did turn this franchise around you know. Imagine if the Tigers never had Pudge, and imagine how good Inge would have been at catcher. There’s no way the Tiger’s would have gone to the World Series and signed some of the players they did without Pudge. We might have gotten Maggs because everyone was scared about his injury, but without others I dont think we would have gotten very far. Maybe in the draft, we could have gotten more stars if Detroit sucked in 06 and 07, but that could have been short lived. I hope everyone can appreciate and be grateful for all the things he did do for the Tigers because no other catcher was available or as good offensively as him. I wish him the best for his new team.

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  2. The Tigers should call Pedro, but then again(kind of like Pudge)Pedro thinks he’s worth $5 million. Once Pedro realizes he’s going to get an incentive laced deal, then maybe he’ll sign with somebody. Illitch made it clear he doesn’t want to spend anymore money than he already has even if there’s talent available(we can blame Dombrowski for that). I hope the Tigers sign him, we could use more depth and we could eventually dump Willis or Robertson. I have a question Mike McClary: I was wondering why you were so harsh on Robert Fick? I don’t know much about Fick, I never paid attention to him but I met his parents at the Detroit airport and they were pretty nice. Did Fick say or do something stupid, Im really curious, could you please fill me in on why he’s a jackass…lol?

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  3. Never mind Mike, I did the research and I know why Robert Fick is a jackass. Wow, what a jackass! He caused the infamous Chicago fight also flicking off chicago fans and getting beer thrown at him, he also got in a fight at the Hockeytown Cafe yelling racial slurs, and in 2003 he slapped the ball out of the 1st baseman’s glove in the NLDS when he played for the Braves. This guy must have been on roids or maybe just a dumb drunk..or just dumb.WOW, what a jackass he is.

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  4. Robert Fick is a GREAT player. No BS type of guy and hard as rocks. Guys like Fick aren’t a dime a dozen, too many soft girly men around these days.

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