That would be me today. I called for the Tigers to bench left fielder Delmon Young after he went 0-for-4 again during Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. He is injured, looked slow and appeared to be on his last leg.
I also did not like his poor at bat when runners were at first and third, a play that resulted in Miguel Cabrera being thrown out at the plate. Thankfully Tigers manager Jim Leyland ignored my advice and played Young anyway. Not that he listens any way.
Young responded with two home runs in leading the Tigers to a 7-5 victory over the Texas Ranger forcing a Game 6 in Arlington. I’ve gotten a bunch of emails from Tiger fans making fun of me and I deserve it. But I am glad I wrote what I did.
Sometimes the written word inspires. I am not saying this is the case here but sometimes when you get called out you respond better. Or maybe the team did more to prepare Young for the game. Who knows?
The bottom line is the Tigers won and the season continues. They are two wins from the World Series. And of course they are one loss from packing it in. I suspect that Young will play Saturday and Leyland has my full endorsement — not that he needs it or will listen to it.
The one thing that tickles me is fans want to know am I going to apologize to Leyland and Young for a wrong opinion. For what? That is one of the reasons why they get paid the big bucks. You are paid to perform and you are paid to be scrutinized. People have opinions of me. If I prove them wrong all I need was “you were right dude.”
No apology needed.