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The Fat Lady Sang (on more than just the season)

Posted by Titus on September 20, 2012

Well folks, as most of you already heard, the Tigers lost on Saturday to the Brewers to end their season.  Now the Tigers will head back home.  That’s funny because that is the same place the Tigers left their offense on Saturday.  They managed to only score 1 run against a tough Brewers team.  The Tigers went further in the playoffs than any other Tigers/Rangers team in their history.  And speaking of history…………

Jeff Nelson, the former leader of the pack is calling it quits after this season (coaching only).  Jeff will still be back next year playing the field but he is handing over the reigns of the team to Dan Titus and Scott Harris.

Let me tell you about the first time I met Jeff.  I finished my season in the Roy Hobbs league because I was told that I was too old to compete with the kids.  I didn’t know any of the coaches or guys in the Over The Hill League so I spoke with the league director and asked him to put me on the team.  He kind of hesitated and said that he had a team in mind that needed a catcher.  I said (in question form) “Okaaaaaaaay?” because I sensed his hesitation.  The league director said “Well, I have a team in mind but they are not very good.  Actually, they’re terrible.  They haven’t won a game in a couple of years.”

I have to be honest with you, that didn’t sound too appealing.  I thought about it and decided that since this team needed so much help, I could at least try.  I joined the Tigers.  It turned out to be the best decision I could have made.   Jeff contacted me for the first team meeting before the season started at Buddy & Pal’s.  I walked in and saw the guys.  They looked older than the guys I was used to playing with.  No matter.  I met Jeff and he was a nice guy.  He liked to joke.  He liked to drink.  How can you NOT like a guy like that?  One of the first questions I asked Jeff was “What do you expect out of me this year?”  Without hesitation he replied “Don’t show up to the games drunk and get more than 2 hits this year and you are already better than the catcher we had.”  I laughed but then I knew that I could relax and enjoy the season.

The next 2 seasons showed slight improvements from season to season.  At the end of season #2 with The Tigers, Jeff made a decision that changes needed to be made if he ever wanted a team that can compete.  Losing is one thing, but knowing you are going to get your brains beat in takes all of the fun out of the game.  He did an extremely difficult thing and made a bunch of cuts at the end of the 2010 season.  It sounds easy to make changes to a team, but to tell a friend that you can’t play the game that they love anymore with you is truly a difficult thing to do.  But Jeff did it and it took guts.  For those of you that have followed The Tiger Den for the last 2 years know that the decisions that Jeff made turned out to be the right ones.  The team is better.  The chemistry is better.  The baseball is better.

Everybody who has played with Jeff or played against Jeff knows that he has a passion for the game.  Everybody who has played with Jeff or played against Jeff knows that he cares about the team.  Everybody who has played with Jeff or played against Jeff knows that he is genuinely a good guy.  I’m glad that I made the decision to play with The Tigers.  I gained a good team, but also made a great friend.

THANKS FOR EVERYTHING JEFF!  The fat lady has sung on your coaching career.

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Team Awards

Posted by Titus on September 14, 2012

Now I know that the season isn’t over but we have to cast our ballots for the Tiger Awards (aka T & A):


  1. Vote for one of The Tigers for the category below
  2. You cannot vote for yourself


  • MVT – Most Valuable Tiger – Who is the all-around most valuable player on the team?
  • Gold Glove – Who plays the best defense?
  • Mr Hustle – Who always gives 100%?
  • Mr Anvil – Who is the toughest dude on the team?
  • Mr Jock – Who is the best athlete on the team?
  • Team Clown – Self Explanatory
  • Mr Dependable – Who is the most dependable guy on the team?
  • Mr Stud  – Which guy on the team would you let sleep with your wife……wait!… doesn’t mean that.  Who is the stud?
  • Mr Sparkplug – Who always gives us that spark we need to get motivated?
  • Mr Clutch – Who always seems to come up big when we need it?
  • Mr September – Who has had the best playoffs so far?
  • Best Tiger Newcomer – Who has been the best Tiger cub this year?


Who will win the awards this year?


I am thinking about changing it up this year.  I want to open up the voting to everyone who visits the Tiger Den  What do you guys think?  Leave a comment and let me know.  Please send your ballots to

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Game Preview: Brewers vs Tigers

Posted by Titus on September 14, 2012

So here we are.  Down to 3 teams. 


The favored Outlaws who steamrolled through the regular season and playoffs and are resting their arms and legs waiting to see which worn out team they are going to face on Sunday. 

You have the surprising Brewers.  Surprising, not because of how far they made it into the playoffs because everyone knows they have a talented squad, but how they didn’t live up to expectations in the regular season. 

Then you have your Tigers.  Your Tigers are in unknown territory.  They have never made it this far into the playoffs even before they became the Tigers.  Do you think that rattles them?  NO!  Do you think that scares them?  NO!  Is that going to change the fact that they are going to play with everything they have on Saturday? NO!







The Tigers are set to face the Brewers on Saturday at the Sportsplex in Crown Point at 1pm.  Last year, The Tigers faced the Brewers twice in the regular season.  The Tigers won the first game by 1 run in extra innings.  The Brewers beat the Tigers in the 2nd game by 1 run.  They didn’t face each other in the playoffs due to a lackluster performance by the Tigers that sent them packing early.  This year, The Tigers dropped the first game to the Brewers and then took the next 2 from them,  These 2 teams always have close games when they play each other.  That shouldn’t change on Saturday.

The Tigers and The Brewers know each other well.  The lineups haven’t changed much from year to year.  The Tigers know that they will see a heavy dose of Anthony Wunsh on the mound probably followed by Kevin Smith and/or Don Reed.  All excellent pitchers.  The Tigers know that they will see Steve “Happy Meal Thief” Willison at first base and Russ Hamm behind the plate.  What the Tigers do NOT know is what the outcome of the game will be.

If you read the brilliant game preview for the Tigers vs The Red Sox, there were a lot of unanswered questions.  This game is different.  There are a lot of things that we know.  Here is a list of the things that the fans can expect to see:

  1. Dennis McGarel will kick major a$$ again.  That’s a given
  2. Ryan Early will hit a triple (that’s what Ms Cleo told me)
  3. This will be a close game.
  4. Scott Harris will return to form and go 3 for 4 (the other at bat will be a deep sacrifice to center field)
  5. Ryan Lytle will drive one deep in the gap
  6. Dave Hayse will show up 15 minutes before game time
  7. Juan Sanchez will go 4-4 with 3 stolen bases and he will tell Scott how he shouldn’t be hitting second.
  8. Steve Alessia will be called into work.
  9. Joe Anaya, after getting a single, will apologize that it wasn’t a double.
  10. Jeff Nelson will make a Mexican joke.
  11. Anthony Perez will call all of us bitches.
  12. Dave Purkey will gain another day of rest in case he has to pitch on Sunday.
  13. Tom Ruiz will pull a Rex Grossman and have his mind on his after party rather than the game.
  14. Dan Titus will be thrown out of the game for striking the umpire (only if is that moron kid who touches his back every pitch).
  15. Tim Mullally will be so angry at the fact that his fantasy football team is losing to a team named “Shmoopsy Poopsy Poo” that his anger will make him take one deep.
  16. The 3rd baseman for The Brewers will not say a word then entire game.
  17. Steve Willison will steal someone else’s McDonalds to feel “the rush” to be motivated for the game.
  18. Curt will make several amazing grabs at 3rd base.
  19. People with A.D.D. have not made it this far down the list.
  20. Fun will be had by all.
  21. Fans will show up in record numbers.  We may actually have more than 10 this weekend.

Now you see that there is so much to absorb on Saturday.  Come on out; bring a picnic lunch; enjoy some baseball.  It is supposed to be 78 degrees and sunny.  Nothing else better to do.  GO TIGERS!!!!

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Cubs 3 – Tigers 4

Posted by Titus on September 12, 2012

The Tigers just keep on rolling.  The Tigers won a nail biter last night to send the Cubs home and advance to the next round where they will face The Brewers.  Once again, while I got caught up in the winning celebration, I forgot to take the book home to give you a detailed description of the nights events.  I’ll have to do it from memory again.  Luckily is was less than 12 hours ago.

The first thing that jumps into my mind is that the Tiger pitching, except for 1 rough inning by Purkey, was exceptional.  Dave only gave up 1 earned run all night.  The Cubs first run was attributed to a bonehead play by Dan Titus on a drop 3rd strike.  According to Murphy’s law, that runner is supposed to score…………………..and he did to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead after 1.  Ryan Early would give the Tigers the lead in the bottom of the 2nd with a check swing rocket that scored 2 runs with 2 outs.  Big hit!

The Cubs would take a 3-2 lead after 3 due to a rough inning by Dave Purkey.  Dave didn’t panic and neither did the Tigers.  The Tigers would tie the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the 3rd.  With our confidence never wavering in Purkey, he trotted out to the mound in the 4th and shut down the Cubs.

Joe Anaya smacked a key hit in the bottom of the 5th and pinch runner Dave Hayes stole 2nd and made his way to 3rd due to a poor throw to 2nd base by the catcher.  Dave would score that inning to give The Tigers that lead.  That was all they would need because Ryan Early shut them down the rest of the game.  Tigers win!


  • The defense was great
  • Pitching was terrific
  • Keys hits scored the runs we needed
  • This is the deepest the Tigers (or even previously The Rangers) have ever gone in the playoffs.  Let’s keep the train rolling!


  • Yep, that’s about it

The Tigers take on the Brewers Saturday at 1pm to see who will go to the championship game on Sunday.

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Game Preview: Cubs vs. Tigers Elimination Game

Posted by Titus on September 10, 2012

The old salty dogs, The Cubs, will prepare to take on the Tigers tomorrow night at The Sportsplex at 7pm.  I don’t really mean to call them old.  They are not THAT old.   I did find a photograph of the CP Cubs in their inaugural season way back in 1910.  You can see Henry, Pat, and even Kenny in the top right corner.

The Good Ol’ Crown Point Cubs

This is another do or die game for The Tigers.  They handled the Red Sox on Saturday and will prepare to do the same against a group of guys the swept during the regular season.  

The Tigers need to be very careful going into this game.  The Cubs did not have a great year in the regular season, but who really cares.  There are 2 teams that aren’t even playing anymore and the Cubs are still alive.  Each game with The Cubs this year was a close one because both teams play the game well.  Fundamentals and good smart baseball ooze out of the pores of both teams.  Whatever comparisons you want to make between the Cubs from Crown Point and the other douchebags up in Chicago…………..DON’T!  The CP Cubs can pitch, play the field, AND they can hit.  Unlike those other douchebags up in Chicago.  But enough about those douchebags up in Chicago.  Did I mention that they were douchebags?

Back to the game preview.  Like I was saying, The Tigers shouldn’t “feel good” coming into this game.  The Tigers did sweep the season series but every game was close.  The Tigers won the first game 6-5.  The second game 4-1, and the third game 4-2.  By no means did The Tigers have their way with The Cubs this year.  Plus, you have to remember the ending of last year’s season.  If I remember correctly, The Tigers swept the Cubs in the regular season and guess which team sent The Tigers home for good?  Yep, you guessed it (see photo above).  The Cubs. (partly because the umpire was sooooooooooooooo bad.  Same stupid kid that umpired the Red Sox Tigers game on Saturday.  I swear that kid can’t umpire to save his life. Can you believe that idiot kid kicked Dan Titus out of the game last year.  Dan Titus is the nicest, most charming, nicest smile, sexiest guy in the league) But I digress.

The Cubs should prepare to face PURK on the mound followed by a heavy dose of Ryan Early.  Ryan hasn’t faced the Cubs yet this year.  I asked Ryan if he is excited about facing the Cubs.  He pulled a Bart Scott on me and said “Can’t wait!”  I asked Purk the same question and he responded with “What do you think as$h%$ole?!”  so as you can see, the Tiger pitching is fire up for tomorrow night.

So what can the Tigers hope for?  They can hope for some timely hitting.  They can hope for some key defensive stops.  They can hope for a curse of some farm animal or a guy in a pair of headphones to ruin the Cubs chances or some other lame crap that Cub fans blame for losses instead of crappy players.

Man!  The real Cubs suck.  But those Crown Point Cubs are OK in my book.      

Ha ha ha! A goat! What a bunch of douches!

Ha ha ha! This guy prevented the Cubs from going to the series! Ha ha ha!

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Tigers 13 – Red Sox 10

Posted by Titus on September 10, 2012

I don’t have the score book in front of me so I will do the recap from memory.  Here goes:

The Tigers came to the field on Saturday hoping to keep their season alive.  They felt that they had a pretty good chance against the Red Sox.  As mentioned in the well written game preview;  the Tigers split the season series with the Red Sox.  Was momentum was on their side?  YES

The Tigers started off the hot with a lead off single by Juan Sanchez followed up by a double to the gap by Dan Titus.  The Tigers exited the top of the first frame with a 1-0 advantage.  Good start right?  Well, the Tigers gave a little help to the enemy through 3 innings of work by giving the Red Sox 3 unearned runs.  The Tigers held a 4-3 advantage in the bottom of the 4th inning when the estrogen-filled noodle-like shoulder of Scott Harris exclaimed (in a tiny infant-like voice) “Hey, I wanna pitch!” so Scott took to the mound.  Scott was impressive.  Just like the Scott of old, he confused hitters with his curveball and has them buckling at the knees with his slider.  3-up – 3-down.

The top of the 5th was the inning The Tigers have been waiting for all season.  Hits, hits, and more hits. nothing cheap either.  Dennis McGarel highlighted the inning with a bases loaded double that cleared the base paths.  Clutch hitting by Joe Anaya and Anthony Perez (line drive double over the head of the center fielder), not only in the 5th inning, but throughout the whole game helped the Tigers all afternoon. 

The Tigers through 4-1/2 innings were up 13-3.  Scott Harris took to the mound in the bottom of the 5th to defy the odds once again, but with only 2 pitches into the warmup tosses, Scott’s shoulder did its best impression of France and surrendered right there on the mound.  His day was done.  The Tigers called upon Anthony Perez to come into the game cold and keep the Red Sox at bay.  Coming into the game cold is a difficult task for any pitcher to do.  It was a difficult inning for Anthony as he struggled to find the plate and when he did, the Red Sox hitters took full advantage.  The Red Sox loaded the bases with no outs. Hit after hit kept falling and the Red Sox kept on coming.  They didn’t quit.  Anybody that knows the Red Sox wouldn’t expect anything less from them.  The sent 11+ batters to the plate that inning and scored 7 runs in the bottom of the 5th. 

The secure lead the The Tigers had, was now gone.  With momentum now of the side of the Red Sox, the Tigers went down in the bottom of the 6th 1-2-3.  So now what do the Tigers do?  Do they put Anthony back in the game after the rough outing?  Do they put in Mike Estrada who hasn’t pitched all year-long?  Jeff Nelson left the decision up to the catcher, Dan Titus.  Titus made the decision to stick with Anthony to close out the game.  His decision can be summed up with one word:  BRILLIANT!  The Red Sox didn’t score in the bottom of the 7th to send the Red Sox home and the Tigers on to the next round.

Our hats off to the Red Sox who had a great year.  The surprised everyone in the league by going from the bottom of the barrel last year to one of the top teams in the league.  Kind of reminds me of another team who did the same thing last year.  The Red Sox are a good group of guys and I know that we will see them play even better next year.


  • The clutch hitting that the Tigers were used to all of last year and small portions of this year was back.  This should worry the Tigers’ next opponent (Cubs).
  • Dennis McGarel was, once again, (earmuffs kids) a Bad Mother Fuc#$r!
  • The Tigers are once again a team with a positive and confident attitude
  • The crowd support was great
  • The aggressiveness on the bases continued


  • Still need to cut down on the errors
  • Another team is done for the year (we all love to play, nobody wants to go home)

The crowd support will need to be even better for our next game with is tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7pm against the Cubs.  Let’s go Tigers!!  Check out the Updated Playoff Bracket!

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Playoff Preview Tigers vs. Red Sox

Posted by Titus on September 5, 2012

The matchup is set.  With the Red Sox taking out the Cardinals last night, they have earned the honor of facing the Tigers on Saturday where the winner will move on and the loser will go home (for at least 2 weeks until the fall league starts)


These 2 teams have faced off against each other 4 times this year.  The Red Sox took the first 2 meetings while the Tigers took the last 2.  Does that mean that the Tigers have finally figured out the surprising Red Sox.  Maybe.  One thing is for sure, it will be a great game. 

Expect to see a heavy dose of Jason Moseley on the mound followed by Bragg.  Those are their 2 best pitchers.  No offense to Tom Reynolds, but the Tigers pretty much own that guy (Dan Titus with 3 home runs off of him.  DAMN!).  Moseley, the fire throwing power pitcher will probably start and give the Tigers and their fans his best  Fernando Valenzuela impression by looking up to the heavens and breathing out of his eyelids with every pitch.  Opposing teams and the Tigers would hate this guy because of his pitching if he weren’t such a nice fella.  An equally jovial chap is Bragg.  Bragg is the old salty dog on the team.  A pinpoint pitcher like Greg Maddox or our very own Scott Harris. We would love to see more of Scott on the mound but his shoulder is made of estrogen and wet noodles and therefore cannot last the season.   But I digress.   Bragg has been on the Red Sox for a while now.  He took a couple of years off and during those years, and the Red Sox sucked.  Really really really bad. They were almost as bad as the Rangers and early year Tigers. Coincidence? 

But nevermind the past!!  We are talking about now.  We are talking about this Saturday.  We are talking about hanging on for our baseball lives here!  We are talking about a much needed victory to reassure ourselves that the regular season was a fluke of epic proportions (that might be taking it a little too far, But nevermind that!!).  We are talking about pride.

We don’t know what will happen this Saturday.  There are a lot of questions that will not be answered until then.  Thankfully, your author listed them:

  1. Will the Tigers win?
  2. Will the Tigers bring their “A” game?
  3. Will Ryan Early show up to the game?  “Missing” posters have been put up all over CP and Cedar Lake.  If you see him please call me.
  4. Will Jeff Nelson wear his belt in his pants and return to all-star form?
  5. Who is Dave Hayse?  Where is Dave Hayse?  Is he on our team anymore?
  6. Is Curt going to come on Saturday and show everyone that Elvis has NOT left the building?
  7. Will Sanchez try and stick it to the team that he will eventually join next year?
  8. Can Scott continue his impressive batting?  Hell Yes!  (he doesn’t have anything else to do)
  9. Will Perez quit his job to be at the game and join his true calling?
  10. Will Joe Anaya end the season of another Red Sox player but running them over at 1st base?  When you hear chika chika chika chika chika chika chika chika chika chika; get out of the way!
  11. Will Kevin Lee wear sleeves?
  12. Will Tim Mullally and Tom Ruiz even be thinking about us when they are at the Notre Dame game?  Bastards
  13. Will Purk wear his cool Tiger pants and panties (thongs)?
  14. Can Lytle go through the entire game without insulting Dan Titus (nope)?
  15. Can Dan Titus make it through the entire game without being insulted by Ryan Lytle (nope)?
  16. Will Keith Wood laugh at one of Dan Titus’s jokes (nope)?
  17. Will Lonnie Archer get hit by a pitch.  Chances are high.  Not because we don’t like Lonnie, but because that dude is a baseball magnet.
  18. Will Steve hit another home run before the season is out?
  19. Is Dennis the best player on the Tigers?  Some think so.
  20. Will Larry Atkins feel bad that he left the Tigers and beg for his old job back (probably not)?
  21. Will Joe O make it through the game without offending someone (nope; probably his own team)?
  22. Is Earl playing?
  23. Who the hell is bringing beer?
  24. Where the hell did that picture come from of the Tiger high on bath salts (see above)?
  25. Why doesn’t anyone ever post a comment on these pages?
  26. When are these questions going to end?

OK. Enough.  As you can see, there are a lot of things that will answered on Saturday.  According to Tom Skilling, it is going to rain that morning so I pretty much wasted my time writing this.  Great.

Come out to the sportsplex on Saturday at 1pm to see history……..or at least which team will be history.

Man!! Tigers love bath salts. Look at his eyes.

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