The Tigers retired Sparky Anderson’s #11 before the game today. Notable parts of the ceremony for me were the long standing ovation that the fans used to try to lure Trammell and Gibson from the Diamondback dugout. They did not succeed which probably just shows class on the Diamondback coaching staff in not upstaging Sparky’s family. Lou Whitaker was in attendance and when the crowd anticipated he was next they sent a chorus of LOOOOOOOOOOOOU that gave me chills. It was almost as though everyone had muscle memory of LOOOOOOOUing back in the 1980’s.
Brad Penny pitched well. He did not strike out many, but he allowed just 2 runs. Still he was set up to take the loss going into the bottom of the 8th. The Tigers scored 7 runs in the bottom of the 8th. At one point 8 runners in a row reached with two outs. We got to see a Cabrera at bat with 3 on and 2 out. He came through with a single that gave the Tigers a one-run lead at the time.
The Tigers played Go Get ‘Em Tigers as the win song. This is (at least) the third different song this year.
So, we had a once-in-a-lifetime ceremony and a Tiger win in their last at bat. And we won a beach towel at Radio Disney to top off the day.