New Year's Confetti

Believe it or not, I didn’t start 2008 by thinking about the Detroit Tigers. Instead, I lamented the fact that in seven months I’ll turn 40.

But enough about me. Here are two pieces of Tigers-related confetti for you:

  1. First buried lede of the year: Sports Illustrated sees the Tigers defeating the Red Sox in the American League Championship Series. You must, however, dig deep into the current issue to find that nugget. In a page-61 sidebar containing MLB “Predictions for 2008” you’ll uncover:

    Manny Ramirez hits career homer number 500 but misses 60 games with injuries, prompting the Red Sox, after an ALCS loss to Detroit, to decline the 2009 option on his contract.

    Emphasis is mine. (Can’t seem to locate a link to the bit on CNNSI.com.)

  2. Birthdays! Today would have been Hank Greenberg‘s 97th birthday. He shares the date with former Tigers outfielder Lynn Jones. Happy #55 to ol’ #35.

Finally, in case you hadn’t noticed, Brandon Inge is still a Tiger.