The Detroit Tigers have been playing good this young season and I am pretty satisfied, although Edwin Jackson seems to be going through the Nate Robertson or Justin Verlander disease of throwing a great game – except for one inning. Nate suffered enough that he is in the bullpen this year. Verlander has recovered and is looking every bit of his 2006-2007 self. Forget about last year; he is in high gear now.
There are a number of nicknames that Tigers fans apply to their favorite player. The most common that I have seen usually end up with an “E” at the end – aka Grandy for Curtis Granderson , Polly for Placido Polanco , Miggy or Cabby for Miguel Cabrera , Ingy for Brandon Inge – and the list goes on and on… It’s rather fun, and I love seeing the looks of fellow baseball fans when I yell out “Hit it out of here again Ingy!” But I did read one comment today which the author seemed to resent “childish” nicknames. OK, I have to admit, perhaps all those “E’s” go too far. Something a little more creative may be in order. “Snacks” can apply to any of the larger brethren, so perhaps Miggy could deal with it and become a slimmer Pudge. Tigers TV color commentator Rod Allen likes to call backup catcher Dane Sardinha “Pineapple.” After all, the dude is from Hawaii. I have come to call Grandy “Granderslam” especially since he has been on a power trip. What are your favorite players’ nicknames?