Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Unfortunately, The Human Side Of Tiger

I am not surprised Tiger Woods had an affair with a women that has come out publicly in light of his traffic accident Friday night. It wouldn’t surprise me if there are others.
I do find it disappointing.
I’ve always thought Woods measured himself by a higher standard, both on the course and off it. But ultimately, like I wrote in my column in Tuesday’s Oakland Press, it comes down to him being human. We’re not machines. Even Tiger. It doesn’t mean you condone such behavior, or not feel for his wife and family, but it doesn’t necessarily suggest judgment so harsh he becomes a pariah. And I don’t believe, in the long run, that will happen.
To me, the more serious matter, at least legally, is whether he covered up a domestic violence incident.
Evidently, law enforcement officials in Florida, didn’t find that he did.

Random Thoughts

- What is the shock of Placido Polanco not being offered salary arbitration by the Tigers? General manager Dave Dombrowski made it clear from the first day of the off season Polanco wasn’t going to return. Sure, it’s a lot to put on rookie Scott Sizemore, especially considering he is coming off an injury. Boy, I just have a feeling the Twins are going to sign Polanco and move Nick Punto to third. And Polanco is the prototypical Twins’ player, too.

- North Carolina is to Michigan State basketball what Waterloo was to Napoleon



Anonymous Michael C said...

I just don't get why we didn't offer arbitration. Polanco would've turned it down (he wants a multiyear deal) and we would've gotten a first and another high pick.

Why on earth don't we want that??? I guess I just don't understand baseball enough, but it seems like other teams would be offering arbitration here. Explain it to me in detail please, Pat.

Its a different situation than the Renteria one where it would've been disastrous if Renteria accepted too. Hell, even if Polanco accepted he would've been easily tradable if necessary.

(And damn you for suggesting the sacrilegious thought of Polanco playing for the Twins. Like they don't pick on us enough, as is.) :-)

2:55 PM 
Blogger Larry Baker said...

About Polanco (having more to offer on tigers than Tiger)-- I think any shock is coming on the heels of the rampant speculation that a good chunk of the nucleus may be shucked due to the dreadful Ordonez/Bonderman/Inge/Willis/Robertson contracts. Fans are holding their breath. Tigers' concern over 2010 attendance may rapidly become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

3:01 PM 
Blogger Fred Brill said...

I guess I shouldn't be surprised either about Tiger - like you I also thought he was above that. Still though I believe the only domestic violence he is covering up is her going ballistic and clobbering him - and if that's the case I'm proud of him for covering it up.

He deserved the whooping she laid on his head. And he knows it.

Woods will suffer from this on the course big time - he will be humiliated - and confidence is the biggest strength Woods has.

As for Polanco ... I have this gut feeling that come next spring Polanco will still be here and Rodney and Lyons will be gone - only for the reason that things always take odd twists in the offseason.

If there were a year for lowered expectations in Tigers baseball and PGA golf - it is 2010.

8:35 PM 
Blogger Core Contrarian said...

I think Tiger Woods and Miguel Cabrera should do a Fritz Peterson/Mike Kekich thing.

Their wives need a break.

8:04 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat, By letting Polanco go, putting Granderson, Jackson, and maybe Cabrera, on the trading block, most likely for prospects,its clear a rebuilding has begun. They won't contend this year, because they can't upgrade through free agency, because they are limited by the bad contracts they are saddled with. Since Polly, isn't in their future plans, it's better to let Seizemore gain experience, sooner rather than later. Dave

1:47 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Michael C,
Not sure if he would have turned it down. Arbitration is totally based on stats compared to others at your position. He has had high averages and won gold gloves. Would have gotten much more than $6 million for next season.

12:00 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Larry Baker,
Those contracts are really difficult to overlook and not wonder what Dave Dombrowski was thinking - especially Willis, Robertson and Ordonez.

12:02 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Fred Brill,
I don't know if Tiger will be able to hold his endorsements. This thing is starting to take on a life of its own. Guess he is not as smart as we thought he was.

12:04 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Core Contrarian,
An example of how talent and money don't necessarily bring bliss.

12:05 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

I believe they will contend next season and into the future and wrote why in my column in Friday's Oakland Press. Tigers have a strong, young nucleus.

12:06 PM 

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