The strongest man to wear a Tigers uniform since they employed someone nicknamed Big Daddy is quiet, unassuming, and the closest thing to Clark Kent you’ll find in a big, black man from Mississippi.
Not like Big Daddy at all. Or the strongest man before him – Willie Horton. Those brutuses once owned
Big Daddy’s son, Prince, is all grown up and swatting them out of ballparks for the Milwaukee Brewers. That Big Daddy and Son don’t get along at all is a sad postscript to Cecil’s temporary ownership of
Today’s Most Powerful Baseball Man in
Marcus Thames doesn’t have a catchy nickname. He doesn’t say anything interesting, really. He’s been twice rejected by other big league organizations, including Ruth’s Yankees. He’s been traded from the Tigers by the media and the sports talk radio boobs and the smug bloggers for the past two years, yet here he is – leading the team in home runs.
He leads the Tigers because he has just completed one of the most impressive displays of power that ever happened within one week’s time.
Big Daddy never did that. Willie Horton never did that.
Those are, indeed, Greenberg and Ruth-like numbers – and on par with Big Daddy’s rate at his zenith.
Marcus Thames carries that big stick that Teddy talked about, and if he spoke any softer – as Teddy also recommended – he’d make Calvin Coolidge look like Barack Obama.
Yet for all his exploits in a Tigers uniform, manager Jim Leyland is only now getting around to declaring
There was always someone else keeping that position warm. Working backwards from this season, you had Carlos Guillen; Jacque Jones; Craig Monroe; Rondell White. And that’s just off the top of my head; that’s not including all the young studs from
“What did you think of being lifted like that, against a lefty?,” I wondered, as he (quietly) dressed.
“It was for defense,” he educated me. “Skip (
“So you weren’t upset?”
“Nah, man. It’s all about winning, you know?”
That was when the Tigers were frolicking through the American League, on their way to the World Series.
Ahh, that big stick.
There are no roofs at
Just a home run every 13 at-bats. You got a problem with that?