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Outlaws 11 – Tigers 1

Posted by Titus on August 29, 2012

The Outlaws did it to The Tigers again.  Not taking away anything from The Outlaws, but The Tigers did it to themselves again too.  The Tigers dropped their first game in the playoffs last night with a lack of defense and a complete lack of offense.

There were some bright spots last night like the game Tim Mullally had.  He had a couple of hits off of the dominant Outlaws pitching and made some great grabs in the outfield.

The Tigers need to regroup for their next game on Saturday, Sept 8 @ 1pm.  Check out the Updated Playoff Bracket which shows the new game days and times due to the rainouts over the past weekend.

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Game Preview: Tigers vs. Outlaws PLAYOFFS!!

Posted by Titus on August 28, 2012

I don’t think that anyone needs a reminder of what happened the last time the Tigers attempted to play baseball against the Outlaws.  It was bad.  It was ugly.  But more importantly, it is in the past.  It doesn’t matter anymore. 

Why?

Because the new season has started………… the playoffs.  And in the playoffs, the Tigers are undefeated and look to keep it that way tonight against the Outlaws.  This won’t be an easy task.  The Outlaw team has pretty much had its way with the OTH league this season (except for the Red Sox).  But that season is over.  It doesn’t matter what happened during the season.  It only matters what happens tonight. 

The Tigers will undoubtedly face tough pitching tonight against Gordon Sharkey, Yogi Postell, and the always…………um………subdued Bobby Wienmann.  The Tigers will have to come out aggressive, not only at the plate, but on the base paths.  But who cares what the Tigers have to do tonight?  Who cares what your season batting average is or how many RBIs you had?  Who cares what your regular season record was?  Who cares if you have never hit against Gordon or Yogi?  Who cares that The Tigers haven’t beaten The Outlaws yet this year?  All of that can change with one swing of the bat; with one bad throw; with one good pitch. 

So who is the pressure on tonight?  Is it on the Tigers to stay in the winner’s bracket?  A team that had a mediocre regular season and isn’t expected to make a run in the playoffs.  Or is it on the favorites who everyone expects to win, not only this game, but the championship?  Is it on The Outlaws to do only what is expected of them? Is it on The Outlaws to NOT lay an egg and waste their first round bye on a team that they have beaten 3 times in the regular season? You decide.

It’s funny how baseball is sometimes.  Just when you think you have the game figured out……………………………… it surprises you.

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White Sox 5 – Tigers 10

Posted by Titus on August 25, 2012

The Tigers took the field today battered and bruised from Thursday night’s game.  They knew that  they needed a strong game in all aspects to “right the ship”.

The first inning started off perfect.  Dave Purkey pitched a 1-2-3 top half to get the Tigers off to a great start.  Dan Titus started the scoring in the bottom half of the first inning with a solo home run (this one was fair) over the left field fence.  The Tigers left a few more runners on base than desired in the 1st and 2nd innings which kept the game within reach for the White Sox until the 5th.  The Tiger offense finally kicked into gear with a 2 run home run by Dennis McGarel. 

A couple more runs put on the board thanks to Scott Harris, Ryan Lytle,Tim Mullally, Joe Anaya (first triple of the year), and another RBI by Dan Titus put the game out of reach.  Dennis McGarel pitched brilliantly to close out the game.  With 1 out and a runner on third in the top of the 7th, a fly ball to right field should have scored another run for the White Sox, but a great catch and laser throw from Jeff Nelson to home to get the sliding runner ended the game and sent the White Sox to the loser’s bracket.

Positives:

  • Dan Titus has found his swing again
  • Pitching by Dave Purkey and Dennis McGarel was great
  • Defense improved tremendously
  • Timely hitting
  • Aggressive base running

Negatives:

  • A couple of errors
  • Left some runners on that should have scored

Other than those negatives; it was a well-played game by the Tigers.  The Tigers face The Outlaws on Tuesday.  Some much-needed revenge is in order.  Come on down to the sportsplex to cheer on your Tigers.

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PLAYOFFS?! Tigers’ Path To The Championship

Posted by Titus on August 24, 2012

The mediocre regular season is over for The Tigers.  There were some shining moments and then there were some not so shining moments.  Whatever happened in the regular season means absolutely nothing anymore.  What The Tigers need to do now is wipe the slate clean and focus on the playoffs.  Take a look at the  Playoff Bracket and come out to support The Tigers in their path to the championship.  Come out Saturday to watch The Tigers advance past The White Sox.

Can The Tigers Do It?

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Outlaws (a lot) – Tigers (very little)

Posted by Titus on August 24, 2012

The Tigers lost to the Outlaws last night.  That’s about it!  Not much to talk about.

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No Game Tonight (8-16-12)

Posted by Titus on August 16, 2012

The game tonight against The Outlaws has been cancelled. The makeup game is set for next Thursday (August 23) at 7pm.

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Dan Titus’ Slump–What’s up wit dat? A Critical Analysis

Posted by sharris2929 on August 16, 2012

The photo above needs no caption.  If you have any level of familiarity with adult rec league baseball in northwest Indiana, then you know the man above is Dan Titus, Over the Hill League Icon. 

Dan is a veteran of the league, and calling him the heart and soul of the Tigers would be an understatement.  When opponents think of the Tigers, Dan Titus is the first name that comes to mind. 

He’s the best catcher in the league, and knows exactly how to pitch every hitter in the league.  He is invaluable to the pitching staff on every single pitch. 

And at the plate?  Dan is a terror.  Check out his stats from last year, or the ones just posted from this year.  Homers.  RBI’s.  Runs scored.  He steals bases.  Dan Titus does it all.

Except for the past few weeks…

It’s no secret that Dan is in a slump.  He knows it, doesn’t shy away from it, owns up to it.  In the past couple games he’s shown signs of breaking out of it, but inquiring minds are still wondering…what’s up with Dan?  Why is he hitting like a little girl?  Why is he throwing things in the dugout?  Why is he cursing so much, just a tad more than usual?  A few possible theories have recently surfaced:

  • Not many people know this, but Dan is involved in court ordered anger management therapy, stemming from two on field incidents that happened last year.  In the spring league, Dan tackled a would be mound-charger, nearly disabling him in the process.  He was also ejected from a late season game for arguing with the umpires.  Since undergoing a league mandated psychological evaluation, Dan must now attend anger management group therapy three times a week.  The Tiger Den recently learned that Dan was dismissed from his therapy, with the psychologist in charge calling him a “lost cause.”  Without intensive regular therapy, Dan’s ability to manage his emotions is quickly deteriorating, which may be causing his on the field struggles. 
  • Everyone knows Dan is a proud man, especially when it comes to donning the tools of ignorance and taking his place behind home plate.  Dan was born a catcher; he’ll die a catcher.  He’s immensely proud of his ability to call a game and keep the ball in front of him, risking life and limb time and again.  But lately the comments of his teammates have been wearing on Titus.  “Have you seen that giant tattooed guy from the Cardinals?” he overheard one day in the dugout.  “Dude is a beast!  He never lets a ball by him, AND he guns out everyone that steals!”  A vigilant teammate looked to Dan for his reaction, only to see Dan put his catcher’s mask on and turn away.  Even the mask didn’t hide the tears of frustration that poured down his face. 
  • Dan’s new short pants may sadly be contributing to his struggles.  He caused an uproar when he first wore them, as players from both teams admired his sharp new look.  However, the joys of looking sharp soon faded, as Dan spent the night in the ER due to dangerous circulation problems caused by the wonderous pants.  Dan quickly switched back to his old baggy pants, but has longed for the attention and compliments he received from wearing his tighty whities. 
  • Now those previous three items are just theories, but this next issue may be the true root cause of Dan’s struggles.  As we all know, the Summer Olympics just ended. And who among us did not find ourselves truly captivated for two full weeks, drawn to the TV to watch the pageantry and athletic skill at its finest?  We all came down with a fierce case of Olympic Fever.  All of us besides Dan Titus that is.  The Summer Olympics is a particularly painful time for Dan, a reminder every four years of what could have been.  Dan wasn’t always a great catcher.  Once upon a time, Dan was so much more.  He was the peak of what masculine athletics can be.  Dan was…a gymnast.  He soared through the air on the high bar.  He spun like a top on the pommel horse.  He could vault out of the gym.  No one was as graceful nor emotionally evocative as Dan on the floor exercise.  NO ONE.  But alas, puberty ruined any chance of Dan’s Olympic dreams being realized.  If he only remained a child size adult (like his future teammate Anthony Perez), we might have spent our summer rooting on Dan in London.  So while the rest of us enjoyed the recent Olympic spectacle, it only plunged Dan into a deep dark depression.  But the Olympics have now ended, and the dark cloud is lifting.  Dan will be back.  Mark my words.  Dan will be back.  Starting tonight.

You’ll always score a perfect 10 in our book, Dan!

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Game Preview: Tigers vs Outlaws

Posted by Titus on August 16, 2012

I am sure all of you agree that this season went way too fast.  Infrequent rain outs helped that along.  All of us want the season to last longer, but I regret to inform you that the last regular season game (for your Tigers ) is scheduled for tonight at 7pm.  The Tigers’ season has not gone as planned but the Tigers, as of late, have been playing much better baseball defensively and on the mound.  That is a good sign going into the playoffs where they will need a steady dose of both.

Tonight’s game is against the Outlaws.  The Outlaws came in as the preseason favorite and have lived up to the billing thus far.  With only 1 loss to their name at the hands of the 2nd place Red Sox, the Outlaws have coasted through the season behind the pitching arms of Gordon Sharkey and Yogi Postell.  The Tigers, in both of their losses to the Outlaws, faced both Gordon and Yogi without much success.  But with way the Tigers have been playing lately, a different outcome is quite possible tonight.

Keys to a Tiger Victory:

  1. Get out to a fast start.  Jump all over them and set the tone early.
  2. Play solid defense.  You aren’t going to strike out many Outlaws (unless we get that dipshit kid umpire who likes to put his hand on the catchers back; then you never know what a strike is because he has no idea).  Field the balls cleanly and keep the game within reach.
  3. Pitchers need to hit their spots. 
  4. Dan Titus needs to wake his ass up at the plate.  In the last 8 games, his batting average has plummeted by more that .300 points.  He can’t keep hitting like this for much longer, can he?  Dan Titus is due for a big game soon.
  5. Have fun.  In years past, when the Tigers have fun, They usually win.  They need Joe Anaya for this one.  Joe will start your trash talking as soon as he gets out of the car.
  6. Realize that this game means nothing.  The result of the game only affects the seeding in the playoffs.  The Tigers have been slotted for either 3rd or 4th place.  Whoopdy Fricken Do!  So just relax.

If the rain can hold off tonight, fans should be treated to a real nice game.  If not, the game more than likely will be rescheduled for Saturday at 10am if that slot hasn’t been filled yet.  That is a problem because that will conflict with the Mandatory Tiger Team Building Excercise.  https://cptigersbaseball.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/mandatory-team-building-excercise/

Go out and have fun boys!

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Scott Harris – The Secret To His Success

Posted by Titus on August 15, 2012

What is the secret to Scott Harris’s success this year at the plate?  There are several theories that are floating around about how the hell a guy like Scott can maintain these impressive numbers:  

  • I spoke with Scott’s family at home and they maintain that his success is due to the extra energy he has this year.  I was told that because he does “NOTHING around the house anymore”, he is not wasting energy on such trivial things like dishes, laundry, yard work, and many other meaningless chores.  This stored up energy is being unleashed at the plate this year.
  • I stopped by Scott’s place of employment and talked to his colleagues regarding Scott’s success this year.  Most of the reactions that I received were dumbfounded looks when I mentioned that Scott plays baseball.  I heard reactions like “What?  He plays baseball?  He doesn’t look like an athlete at all” or  “I thought he was a professional bowler, not a baseball player.”  I also heard only laughter as many of his fellow coworkers just walked away.  After spending an entire day at his place of business, I finally found someone who would give me some sort of reasonable response that would give us a keen insight into Scott’s numbers.  Buford, the janitor on the night shift in the office, stated “I don’t know that motherf$%^er…………. but he probably cheatin’.”
  • Luck?
  • Tireless number of hours practicing his craft?  Yeah right
  • Some might think that because he is no longer pitching due to his noodle-like arm, his focus is now shifted other things, like hitting.  He figures that he might as well be of some use to the team since he no longer pitches or does the website.
  • PEDs
  • His offseason vasectomy has given him a new sense of security.  Because there is nothing to worry about anymore; he is more relaxed. Maybe because his little guys are “staying home”, it gives him a little more pop.
  • Maybe it is as simple as Juan Sanchez – Juan has made it plain and clear that he thinks Scott should not be our #2 hitter.  Does that motivate Scott?

So which one is it?  Is it Scott’s extra energy from not doing his duty as a family man?  Is Buford correct that he is a cheating motherf$%^er?  Is it luck?  Definitely not practice.  What about his enhanced focus or possibly even drugs?  Could it be his vasectomy?  Or could it be the one thing that motivates all of us to be better players and not be satisfied with being average (you know like getting on base and NEVER stealing)………………Juan Sanchez? 

Let us know which one you think it is or provide your own theory.

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2012 Stats

Posted by sharris2929 on August 15, 2012

Hot of the presses, here are the up to the minute stats for your 2012 Tigers.

A few things to take into consideration when reviewing the stats:

  • These stats are 100% based on what is in our scorebook.  Sometimes it’s tricky to decipher exactly what someone has written down, but I did my best to figure it out.
  • Leaders in each category are denoted in orange.
  • Please use the stats to enforce good natured trash-talking among teammates.  For example, if someone were to give Dan Titus a hard time about his recent slump at the plate, he can always say, “Oh yeah, well at least my slugging percentage is still .667, good for fourth highest on the team!!!” 

2012 tiger stats

 

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