There is a simple truth about the Tigers as they relate to the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox are just better - period. And it is not only because the White Sox are the defending world champions, either. It�s also because, if you match up the teams position-by-position, the White Sox are clearly better.
The White Sox hold the edge at first base and third. At the corner outfield spots, DH, starting pitching and in the bullpen. The two teams have about equal double-play combinations. Ivan Rodriguez gets the edge at catcher. So does Curtis Granderson in center field. That�s it. Not trying to rain on anybody�s parade here, but trying to be truthful and point out the obvious. I know some people claim the Tigers� pitching is better because of the numbers, but that is because Comerica Park is so spacious and U.S. Cellular Field such a band box. Speaking of Comerica Park, if the Tigers are going to beat the White Sox, the three-game series Tuesday-through-Thursday is the time to do it. Comerica Park, because it is so spacious, gives the Tigers a tremendous home-field advantage defensively. There is so much room between outfielders it often confuses opposing teams. The Tigers get an extraordinary number of bloop hits because of it.
- The most amazing fact about the upcoming NFL training camp is: The Chicago Bears return all 22 starters. That is unheard of in today�s NFL.
- December 9, 2006, a date that will live in infamy. Not really, but the Toronto Maple Leafs will play the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena that night. Gosh, it�s been so long. Too long. And to think, the Wings will play Montreal Jan. 15, 2007 at JLA.
The Original Six teams mean something to this area. Wish the NHL would recognize as much.
- Love Negro League weekend at Comerica Park. In the history of sports, probably the most underreported aspect has been the accomplishments of the Negro League stars. It was not a coincidence Negro League standouts such as Roy Campanella, Larry Doby, Willie Mays and Henry Aaron stepped from the Negro Leagues into the major leagues and starred. One of sports all-time great injustices is that catcher Josh Gibson, perhaps the greatest Negro League player of them all, just missed a shot at playing in the major leagues.