Well, the day has finally come. The past few weeks have seemed like years, but today marks my 21st birthday. And with the bars calling- and my demise rapidly approaching – I just have three simple wishes that would make my big day complete.
1) The Detroit Tigers would bring back some flash of ’84:
So, the Tigers are having trouble finding a spark at the top two spots in the lineup? It’s nothing new – just ask supposed sparkplugs-turned-revolving-doors at the leadoff spot, such as Milt Cuyler, Luis Polonia and Brian Hunter (don’t forget Gary Pettis).
One suggestion in helping the hapless Tigers find a winning record for the first time in eight years? Bring in should-be-Hall-of-Famers Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker to jumpstart the lineup.
With the two gold glovers batting one-two in the lineup and anchoring the middle of the infield, the Tigers went on to their best season in team history in 1984 – reaching the 104-win plateau and winning the World Series.
Yes, the two may be in their forties now, and they may have lost a step or two. But no one can question their knack for hitting in the clutch – something that no one has seen from the 2002 double-play combo of Jose Macias and Shane Halter. Plus, after getting passed over for the Hall of Fame on several ballots, these two old-timers will have something to prove.
2) Chris Webber would have followed Amaker’s life lessons:
Passion. Patience. Be Honest. Have Fun. Be Michigan.
These aren’t any ordinary clich