The Heart of The Tigers
Guillens average wasnt quite as high, but in every other category he was nearly as good as Derek Jeter in 2006. Nobody talks about him, though. But once the season begins, there is no more important player on the Tigers. What a great trade Dave Dombrowski made to get Guillen. What an astute move it was to sign him long-term (three years, $14 million). How important it is that Dombrowski sign Guillen again. Why? Because he is the heart of the Tigers.
- Oakland University turned in a great effort before falling just short against Oral Roberts in the Mid-Con tourney title game Tuesday. I know they draw great crowds there, but it is an extremely unfair situation to be holding the tournament on Oral Roberts home floor. The court was anything but level for OU. This season, the Golden Grizzlies were the third-best team Division I team in the state behind only Michigan State and Michigan. Thats significant progress.
- It'll mean a lot if the Lions are able to sign a really good free agent that isnt a former Tampa Bay Buccaneer or St. Louis Ram - and doesnt play defensive line. But it doesnt seem like free agents are buying what the Lions are selling, which is a bunch of nothing.
- A pet peeve: Spring training ball parks that look like regular season stadiums. Legends Field in Tampa is so big, it just lacks the usual spring training charm.