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We cannot take our eyes off Brandon Inge

Written By: Terry Foster | January 30, 2012

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What is it about Brandon Inge?

We love him. We hate him but we cannot ignore him. I wrote a column on Inge for today’s Detroit News and I immediately knew it would create a fire storm. It was the most read story the past 24 hours on Detnews.com and people are chirping all over the city.

Former Tigers pitcher Denny McLain blasted Inge saying he should be grateful to be on a more competitive team rather than complain about losing his third base job to Miguel Cabrera. McLain is right. Inge does not deserve to complain about this. I understand he is a competitor and wants to right for his job. But he comes up way short in the argument.

Inge batted .193 last season while Cabrera batted .344 with 30 home runs and 105 runs batted in. There is no comparison between the two. Inge’s defense does not make up for 150 points in batting.

Every time Inge speaks people react. And every time we react the aura of Inge grows. He is the most publicized guy with a below .250 batting average in the history of baseball. Sorry pitchers do not count. So what is it?

I would love to hear from you about why people react so much to Inge. Many people are saying they want to see him go away but I was listening to the radio over the weekend and there are still people defending him and looking for ways to get him more playing time.

There is just something about Brandon Inge. What is it?

Help me please.

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12 Responses to “We cannot take our eyes off Brandon Inge”

  1. Jerrod York Says:

    I think people just want to see him play and do well, especially since he’s been with the team so long. He seems like a nice guy and the fans dig it. Unfortunately, this fan digs winning more. It’s a profession just like any other…the cream rises to the top. He’s had time to figure out a swing, and it’s just never panned out. Sometimes nice guys just finish last, but that’s the business!

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  2. Marnie Says:

    I think it’s an under dog mixed with a carasmatic personality and stellar defense thing. I’m an Inge fan through and through. He is fun to watch and really seems to love what he does.

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  3. Brad Says:

    It’s the same old story of underdog who reaches some level of success but in Inge’s case it was short lived. He had a great 1st half 2009 season but since then he has not produced and to be honest people his defense is declining. To many of you are clinging to his “outstanding” plays he made seasons ago. He will get some time to play this year and when he doesn’t produce again it will be blamed on lack-of-playing time. The fans had a feel good story on our hand with him, from playing on one of the historically worst teams ever in baseball to going to two ALCS games and one WORLD SERIES. Inge has been giving more then enough shots to confirm a starting role at 3rd but time after time he does not produce. It’s time for him to do the honorable thing and say “I’m happy to be on this great team, and will play wherever and whenever i’m needed to help this team win.”

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  4. Jim Says:

    Hey Terry,

    For many years I have been one of the Inge haters. I have a few friends and family that are Inge lovers. I have tried talking to them about why they love Brandon Inge and the answer that I always get is the usual “he is such a good guy”, “he has been with the team for a long time” and “he is a GREAT 3rd baseman”.

    For the life of me I cannot wrap my head around any of that. I really don’t think that I will ever understand why they love him.

    What I DO know is why I hate him as a ballplayer. There are 2 reasons….1) he is just a pathetic ballplayer…simple as that. No other explanation needed 2) Maybe more importantly is that my disdain for him comes mostly for the love that people have for him. The Inge lovers have some emotional connection with him and that fuels me even more to dislike him because it is so ridiculous to want him to play everyday because he is a “good guy”. So, I continue to be perplexed and frustrated by Brandon Inge and his followers.
    Wow, I feel much better now. Thanks for listening Terry and bill me for your time as my therapist.

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  5. Rob B Says:

    I think it’s a combination of him being perceived as a nice guy and his long standing with the team mixed in with an inflated sense of ability. Fans make him out to be better than he is because they like him personally. .235 career hitter with an OPS less than 700 is what he is. Slightly above average in range and defense is what he is. Dude, you’re 35 and you’ve made $35 million in your career, consider yourself lucky and give it up.

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  6. Amy Says:

    I think it’s the whole “fan favorite” issue! But it’s like you said, his defense does not make up for his inconsistencies at bat! I think the fans “hope” that he will turn it around, it’s that hope keeps them liking him and giving him his 105th chance! The Tigers organization made him this poster child and when someone needed to comment it was him…so it became the face of the Tigers…plus I think the women think he is cute, another reason to support him staying! YUK! I personally can’t stand him and have no problem seeing him go! Also, more reasons for hom to leave is he is the biggest crybaby!! UGH grow up and take it like a man already!!

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  7. Kevin Says:

    It’s that he is white and he’s a ‘good guy’. That’s it. Plain and simple.
    Sad but true.

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  8. duane jackson Says:

    IT’S TIME FOR OLE RELIABLE TO GO……….. WE LOVE HIM BUT WHEN YOUR PERSONAL FEELINGS GET IN THE WAY OF BUSINESS,,,,,”MAKING THE TIGERS THE FRONT RUNNER TO WIN THE W.S BUSINESS”,,,, GO BE HAPPY SOME WHERE ELSE!!!!!!! WE WON’T HATE ON YOU BUT, YOU ARE DISTRACTING US AS A TEAM……. OHHH BYE THE WAY THERE IS KNOW I IN TEAM…..

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  9. Ann Says:

    1. He is a good defensive 3rd baseman.
    2. He has stuck around through the good and the bad years.
    3. He does a lot of good in the community.

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  10. Joseph Terrell Says:

    Much like Brandon Inge I am in my mid-thirties, have some tats on my arms, am an all around good guy and I bet I could strike out every time I faced a major league pitcher. Unlike Inge I don’t think I could play 3rd for the tigers. The Tigers need to get rid of this cancer.

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  11. Ryan Says:

    I can only speak for myself but route for Inge because he’s been with the Tigers through the good and bad years. He seems to care about Detroit and the Tigers and in turn it makes people care about him.

    He’s gone out and played through injuries and various positions as asked, and accepted a trip to the minors instead of leaving Detroit. Just makes you feel like his heart is here in Detroit. Also, it seems whenever everyone is down on him and had enough, he comes up with one big hit and puts himself back onto the good list!

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  12. Bibobryson Says:

    I love Inge because he has a sense of humor about the entire thing! And he’s a giant baby, and he gets this really, really, sour puss look on his face when he’s trying to hit the ball. So he hits my high spots and he hits my low spots and this is exhilerating!

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