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DIBS awards

December 2, 2011
Man, when I was invited to participate in the annual Detroit Independent Baseball Scribes awards the first thing that crossed my mind was, “are you sure?” I’m a “grip and throw” kinda guy.  I think OPS is a Call of Duty title. Well, before they could change their mind I said thank you and provided my votes.
I’ll be on the road when the press release is unveiled so be sure to check with your favorite reputable Tiger’s blog for the press release and actual skilled writing.

Most Valuable Tiger — Justin Verlander
My vote: Justin Verlander

How could we not go with JV? The guy had 24 wins, 250 strike outs, and 1 out of every 4 male aged 8-14 in the Detroit metro area owns his shirsy. Yeah, Miguel can hit, Victor can hit, and Alex can get hit, but everyone knows it’s the pitchers that make the magic baby.  Yeah!

Best Rookie — Al Alburquerque
My vote: Al Alburquerque

There were times this year where Al featured some of the nastiest stuff I’ve ever seen. I mean middle school girl sarcasm nasty.  That slider broke more violently than Magglio’s ankle.

Best Role Player — Ramon Santiago
My vote: Ramon Santiago

Other groups may say Donnie Kelly was the best role player. I’ll let Rogo dismantle that sentiment, but for me Ramon was the man.  He played a solid 2nd base while letting Carlos and Ryan cycle in and kick the ball around without complaining. Plus, he has sneaky power and can salsa. What’s not to like?

Best Moment — Austin Jackson’s double-play throw to defeat the Indians on Aug. 21

My vote:  Winning the ALDS

The absolute nail bitter that was the clinching game of the ALDS was the most high drama. Plus, BOOZE AND CIGARS WOOOOT!!!

Team Clown — Phil Coke
My vote: Jose Valverde

What the heck is this supposed to mean? I run out, shrug before I throw it, and point at fly balls.  That’s vanilla. Jose has a custom spit pattern! Have you seen THIS!? So I challenge reporters to wrestling matching and drop random statements about car crashes and respond to interview questions with, “LALALALALA, NOT EVEN HEARING YOU”. Small potatoes man. Now if the category was most foot bones, well, that’s a different story.

Best Hair — Alex Avila

 My vote: Justin Verlander’s arms

See MVP above. In America we have the right to bear arms. And Justin has the most bear-like arms of any man I know. And you know what? That bear arm throws freeking good pitches. RESPECT THE SAMPSON ARM HAIR!

Tiger Organization Name of the Year — Doug Fister

 My vote: Doug Fister

Fister jokes dominated my twitter feed for the better part of a month.  For this alone he wins the award. Also Doug juxtaposed with an image of the Joe Louis fist is simply too perfect. I was going to go with Furbush, but the 70’s are over man.

Goofiest Moment — 3 way tie

 My vote: Don Kelly pitching

There were so many good ones to choose from I had a hard time choosing.

Here’s my list (in order)

  • Donnie’s breaking ball – This just made me giggle out loud for the pure ridiculousness and uniqueness of it
  • Raburn’s home run assist
  • Victor’s run scoring dance
  • Verlander’s balk/WTF throw
  • Sparks off Avila’s facemask
  • Skip’s pantomined argument with the umps.
  • Run Andy, Run

Best Victor Martinez — Sr.

 My vote: Senior

Little Victor has like zero power. Cute isn’t one of the five tools. Sorry Little V.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 2, 2011 3:55 pm

    Oh my, I voted for Justin Verlander’s arm hair too. /twilight zone music

  2. Baroque97 permalink
    December 4, 2011 1:26 pm

    I loved every word of this post. 🙂

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