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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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Player Expose: Joe Anaya; Who The Hell Brought Him On The Team Anyway?

Posted by Titus on August 13, 2012

Who is Joe Anaya?  What brought him to The Tigers?  What is that noise coming from his ass when he runs to first base?  All of these questions will be answered in our candid expose……”Joe Anaya; Who The Hell Brought Him On The Team Anyway?”

Joe Anaya

Joe Anaya was born in a small Mexican village just outside of East Chicago in 1970.  He is the 3rd child of the litter and shares, with the world, 16 sisters and 22 brothers.  They lived in a studio apartment just minutes from the Harbor.  Raised by hardworking parents, Joe was known for peculiar smile and hardworking attitude. Joe dreamed big.  Bigger than any other of his 38 siblings.  As a young boy, Joe could often be heard saying (in broken English of course) “I love Ping Pong.  I do Ping Pong one day.”  “I love Tic Tac.  Tic Tac good for me.”  “I do DJ.  DJ is fun times.  Meet many chicas.”  What Joe didn’t know is how these things would form the man that he is today.

 Joe studied hard in school and in 3rd grade, he made it all the way up to the C-D honor roll.  Oh how his parents were proud!  They took him to the store and said “Little Joey, you pick anything you want out of the store and we will get it for you.  We love you little Joey.”  Joe walked around the store for hours.  Aisle after aisle, toy after toy, but Joe couldn’t decide.  Finally, after spending 11 hours walking through Kmart, He dad exclaimed “Fuck IT!” and picked out a baseball glove.  They didn’t know it then, but that choice was destiny. 

Joe loved his baseball glove more than anything in the world and he spent countless days, weeks, months, even years just trying to figure out how to put the thing on. Then one day years later, it happened.  The glove slid onto his chubby, Shrek-like fingers and it transformed him.  From that moment on, he was different.  He…………… was a ball player.  Day and night, night and day he would throw an imaginary ball against the back of his garage in the alley making diving stop after diving stop.  Joe wouldn’t quit. He came in night after night with skinned up knees, bruised elbows, a rash on his ass, but that did not deter him because he was determined to be great at something.  Never had a child worked so hard for his dream.  His dream to one day play with a real ball, with some real friends, on a real field.

High School was a challenge for Joe.  He was always struggling to fit in. He was the only kid in high school that was balding in front and already had gray hair.   He would try to talk to the ladies but it never quite worked out because he still kept saying things like (in broken English of course) “I love Ping Pong.  I do Ping Pong one day.”  “I love Tic Tac.  Tic Tac good for me.”  “I do DJ.  DJ is fun times.  Meet many chicas.”  Though he couldn’t catch the eyes of the ladies back then with those kind of pickup lines, it did catch the eye of one person that Joe would end up spending the rest of his life with………. Anthony Perez.  Anthony and Joe were inseparable.  Anthony looked up to Joe (literally, because Anthony is only 3’ tall) and always kept Joe in his prayers.  He prayed that Joe would never leave him.  He prayed that Joe would ask him to play imaginary baseball with him one day.  He just prayed for Joe.  The two of them became instant BFFs and spend every day together.  They spent the rest of their high school years getting into trouble and creating memories with their hijinks and shenanigans.

It was a cold night in January, 1990.  Paramedics rushed to Joe’s apartment after neighbors complained about what sounded like prison rape.  As they broke the door down, they gazed upon the scene.  It was gruesome.  Empty beer bottles littered the floor.  Overturned furniture all over the room.  Blood everywhere.  Used condoms in every toilet.  Joe and Anthony, in their underwear, had passed out playing the most kick-ass game of ping pong anyone has ever heard of.  As the paramedics entered the room, Anthony lifted up his head and said, with his eyes still closed, “What’s up bitches?” then passed out.  The smell of the room was something nobody had every smelled before.  What was that smell?  Was a Zombie decaying in there?  Why are there feces on the ceiling?  Two of the paramedics instantly passed out.  The other two other brave souls entered the room with gas masks.  They had to get Joe out if there was any chance of his survival.  They drug his lifeless Shrek-like body out of the apartment and rushed him to the hospital.

The next morning Joe finally woke up.  Disoriented and weak, Joe tried ripping out his breathing tube and tearing out his IVs.  Doctors and nurses were trying to hold him down.  Joe was naked and screaming  (in broken English of course) “I love Ping Pong!  I do Ping Pong one day!” 

As things started to calm down, a doctor came in to tell Joe the good news.  There was nothing physically wrong with him.  He went on to tell Joe that the smell in the room that put everyone’s life in danger was the worst case of Halitosis that he had ever come across in his career.  Joe didn’t know medical terms so he stared at the doctor ……confused.  After several minutes of blank confused staring, the doctor said “Your breath smells like shit dude.  Take these every hour on the hour and you should be fine.”  The doctor handed him a small container.  As Joe turned over the container to read the label, his eyes opened wide.  A look of sheer joy spread across his face.  It was a container of Tic Tacs!  Joe jumped up on his bed, (naked) and screamed (in broken English of course) “I love Tic Tac!  Tic Tac good for me!” 

Years later, with the Tic Tacs taking care of his Halitosis and improving his self-confidence, Joe now had the balls to tackle another one of his lifelong dreams.  He was hired as a DJ at the local Moose lodge.  It was his first gig and it happened to be Ladies night.  About an hour into the gig he looked up from his equipment and he spotted her.  Joe’s mouth could not close.  Everything slowed down.  A bright light shined from the back of her while she danced in slow motion.  Joe, for the first time since meeting Anthony, was in love.  Her name was Sheri and she was a dancing machine.  With every song Joe played, she danced more.  There was a connection being formed through music.  Song after song.  Dance after dance. The flirting was sickening.   Joe finally mustered up enough courage to  talk to Sheri. He put on Regulators by Warren G and then slowly strolled over to Sheri.  Joe said the words that would sweep her off of her feet and make her Joe’s woman until the end of time.  He grabbed her hand and whispered, very Rico Suave-like, into her ear (in broken English of course) “I do DJ.  DJ is fun times.  Meet many chicas.”  Game over.  She was his.

Joe Anaya happy to be with his wife

After many happy years of marriage, Sheri was going through boxes in the attic and stumbled upon Joe’s baseball glove.  Yes, that same glove that little Joey got from his parents in 3rd grade.  The same glove that Joe spent countless days and night practicing outside without a ball.  Sheri thought to herself.  “I love watching baseball on TV because of the pants they wear.  Maybe Joe looks good in a pair of baseball pants.”  So after begging and bribing her cousin, they let him play on their baseball team, The White Sox.  Not the real White Sox.  For Christ’s sake, we are talking about Joe Anaya.  The White Sox in the Crown Point league.  A 33 year old+ league where stars from all over come to play when they are not good enough to play with the best.

 Joe took the field for the first time.  He was happy.  This was a real field, with a real ball and real friends.  He had a pep to his step.  They put him a 2nd base because he had never played with a ball yet.  They thought he would be safe there.  Wouldn’t you know it; the first pitch of the game was a screaming line drive that hit Joe right between the eyes.  He screamed “Aye Carumba!”  and fell to the dirt.  Baseball did not start off as easy as DJ’ing did.  Joe was not a quitter; and with the support of his wife Sheri and his BFF Anthony who also played on the White Sox, Joe made strides to become a real ball player.

After several unsuccessful years with the White Sox, Joe and Anthony had enough.  They felt unwanted.  They felt underappreciated.  They wondered “Why can’t we feel unwanted and underappreciated with a bunch of guys we actually want to hang out with?”  I now introduce the Tigers.  The Tigers and a group of hard-bodied hard-nosed ball players who chose NOT to play in the MLB.  There a bunch of bad motherfuckers who, like the honeybadger, just don’t give a shit.  Could little Joey (and Anthony) become a part of the Tigers?  Is Joe bad-ass enough to hang with those ball playin’ sons of bitches?

Tom Ruiz, another Harbor felon that Joe knew as a child, was a member of the Tigers.  The Tigers were the worst team on the planet the prior year, but they were retooling and needed fresh bodies.  So Tom Ruiz asked Dan Titus (catcher and member of the Tigers) “Hey, do you want to pick up Joe Anaya?”  Dan asked “Who?  I don’t know who the hell that is.”  Tom replied “That guy from the White Sox.”  Then Dan remembered and confirmed with Tom “That short Shrek-like guy with the knee braces that can’t run for shit?”  Tom emphatically exclaimed “Yeah!  That’s the guy!” So they decided (after several beers) to give him and Anthony a shot.

 Joe finally made it.  Through the sheer generosity and kindness of Dan Titus and Tom Ruiz, Joe found a home (with Anthony too).  A place where he can be himself.  A place where he and Anthony can underachieve and feel underappreciated, but still be loved because………………………Damn those Tigers are a fun bunch of guys!

So now Joe, having achieved everything a guy could ever want to achieve in his live (a loving wife and family, ping-pong expert, good friends, baseball, and DJ’ing) can come out to the park to play the game that he loves so much.  The game that he finally learned to play as a 42 year old adult.  Baseball

So now you know Joe.  He is always the one with the smile on his face (just look at the pictures).  Just one warning.  If you are playing against Joe and you are at first base.  When you slowly start to hear the Tic Tacs coming toward you (chicka chicka chicka chicka chicka chicka chicka chicka chicka chicka); you best get off the tracks before the Anayalator runs you over (just ask Joe O from the Red Sox)!

Below are some of the many faces of Joe Anaya.  His range of emotions makes him the most unique character on the Tigers.

Joe Anaya overcome with joy and pride

Joe happy to be at sea

Joe’s reaction after he learned that he won the lottery

Joe’s excitement to hang with friends

Joe happy to be with his wife

I dont know if anything above is true or not.

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