Todd Jones -- Please Bring In Somebody Else
Any Jones Will Do
What do you think when Leyland summons Jones from the bullpen?
July 22, 2008
By: O. J. Cunningham
Todd Jones -- The Tiger "Closer"
Got into a Gatzby discussion concerning baseball the other night. I mention Gatzby's cuz I want you to know (in advance) that there was beer involved.
Talking baseball in a bar is like talking about wings at Hooters. Everybody has an opinion.
Come to find out . . . Some people are still excited about the lofty 47-47 record that our Detroit Tigers have at the All-Star break. And . . . (why would I lie about this) . . . they still think the Tabbys have a shot at the season-end playoffs.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm a long-time Tiger fan.
Back in 1977, when I was newspapering as Bay County Sports Page,
I even flew down to Lakeland to interview Trammel and Whittaker at Tiger spring training.
Just want to give you a little background and establish a little credibility when it come to Tiger history.
Anyway, I make the comment, in Gatzby's, that the "Tigers will have to score 13 runs a game as long as (Todd) Jones is their closer."
Well . . . you'd think I used the "F" word at mom's dinner table.
The general consensus at Gatzby's was:
"Todd's our guy, has been for 4 years."
"Todd's the man."
"Todd had 15 saves out of his first 15 save opportunities."
"Todd's got over 300 saves in his career. He's a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer."
Everybody's like takin' shots at me like I was a 12-point buck on November 15th. And one un-named guy (I'll call him Greg, cuz that was his name) says I should "put my money where my mouth is."
I felt like Jim Arness at the Longbranch Saloon. So I looked over at Miss Kitty . . . then back at . . . errrrr Greg . . . and said . . . how much . . . and what's the bet?
"You make it," he says.
I think . . . errr . . . stutter . . . drink . . . scratch . . .
And then it hits me . . . in the same way that Todd Jones hits the batter's bat. And I make THIS wager . . .
I bet that in the next 10 save opportunities that Todd Jones has . . . I bet he allows the tying run to be on base.
The guy . . .(Greg) says . . . (Why would I lie?) -- "O.K., for a a hundred bucks. (That would be $100).
My only defense is that I musta been "hammered." Cuz I didn't take the bet.
And as I watched the ninth inning the other night -- Todd Jones in relief of Verlander -- As Jones walked the bases full before being bailed out by Inge at third base with a circus defensive play . . ."
Hundred bucks or not, Greg . . . We really gotta get someone other than Todd Jones to close out Tiger ninth innings if we expect the Tigers to win 85 games and get into the playoffs.
I shoulda taken the bet . . . It's Easy money with Jones coming in from the bullpen.
So Get Your Jones Up & Take The Quiz . . . Click Here
Would You Summon Todd Jones in from the Tiger bullpen in a 1-run game? Or would you rather have ANY OTHER JONES?
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On July 23, 2008
at 03:04 PM
They should have put him in Monday night he probably would have made it a lot closer game 19-4
On July 24, 2008
at 08:43 PM
You should have taken the bet!! I wanted to vote for my 5 favorite,but realized it was the wrong contest! Send in Bridgette Jones with a red Jones Soda!!
On July 25, 2008
at 09:20 PM
Any Jones is Better Than Todd. I voted for Indy
On July 26, 2008
at 06:11 AM
Wow! Poor ol' Todd snatched defeat from the jaws of victory one more time last night. The lad is chucking them thar batting practice pitches in thar. Time for a new closer, Folks.
Sorry, Todd, but we all have to retire eventually.
On August 03, 2008
at 05:39 PM
After the performance by the "new" closer today Jones is not all that bad. At least Jones wouldn't have walked three including the winning run plus hit a batter. The new reliefer in the trade gives up two home runs. Less face it the Tigers are going nowhere fast with the bullpen they have.
O. J. Cunningham
O. J. Cunningham is the Publisher of MyBayCity.com. Cunningham previously published Sports Page & Bay City Enterprise. He is the President/CEO of OJ Advertising, Inc.
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