Don't forget the Motor City
Yesterday I ripped Detroit for its casino-driven crime and grime. Today, partly inspired by the scorching performance of Jack White and his fellow Raconteurs that I caught at the Fillmore Theater last night, I’d like to praise it for its music scene.
I grew up in Cleveland, the supposed birth place of rock and roll. It’s where Alan Freed allegedly coined the phrase “rock and roll,” and now we have the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to show for it. (Of course, the fact that the city put up about $60 million to fund the construction of the building is the real reason it’s in Cleveland).
Detroit, I must say, has Cleveland beat in the rock department. I would go so far as to say Detroit is more deserving of the Rock Hall. It’s the birthplace of Bill Haley, it’s the birthplace of Mitch Ryder, the birthplace of Bob Seger, and, above all else, the birthplace of Motown. And recent exports like Eminem, Kid Rock and the White Stripes may or may not pique your particular interest, but you can’t argue their impact or, at the least, their Billboard presence.
So kudos, Detroit. Musically, you are well ahead of Cleveland, birthplace of, um, Michael Stanley.
This is the last in what has felt like a 19-game series at Comerica Park. Grady Sizemore is out of the lineup, getting a rare day off. Josh Barfield, fresh off his promotion from Buffalo, is in the lineup.
INDIANS (28-35): CF Franklin Gutierrez, LF Ben Francisco, 1B Victor Martinez, DH Ryan Garko, SS Jhonny Peralta, RF Shin-Soo Choo, 3B Casey Blake, C Kelly Shoppach, 2B Josh Barfield. LHP Cliff Lee (9-1, 2.45 ERA).
TIGERS (26-36): SS Edgar Renteria, 2B Placido Polanco, DH Marcus Thames, RF Magglio Ordonez, 1B Miguel Cabrera, 3B Carlos Guillen, C Brandon Inge, LF Brent Clevlen, CF Curtis Granderson. LHP Dontrelle Willis (0-0, 4.50).
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- Paul Byrd’s book, “Free Byrd,” will be released July 1. It is expected to include a chapter about his HGH use and the controversy that erupted before Game 7 of last fall’s ALCS.
- The six grand slams allowed by Indians pitchers this year are tied for second-most allowed in a season in club history since 1951. The 1963 team gave up eight, and the 1978 and 1980 teams gave up six each.
- Lee is 33-18 in his career on the road.
- Francisco is 1-for-his-last-15.
- Blake is batting .319 (15-for-47) wiht three homers and 12 RBIs over his last 12 games.
- Shoppach has just five hits in his last 37 at-bats.
- Don’t forget about that American Red Cross blood drive taking place on the Gateway Place from noon to 8 p.m. ET Wednesday. You might get a free cookie.
UPDATE: In case you’re planning out your week and need to mark this on your calendar, Jake Westbrook’s season-ending Tommy John surgery will take place Thursday in Los Angeles.