Baseball’s Spring Training is in full swing and there is a sense of excitement in the air. Optimism usually reigns supreme and for the most part we’re all excited to see just what the “boys of summer” have in store for us this season.
Usually this time of year I think back on some of the best baseball teams I’ve ever seen. The Oakland A’s teams of the early seventies, the Cincinnati Reds teams of the mid seventies were all very special ballclub’s. The 1986 New York Mets took my breath away and I’m sure there are other teams but for me the greatest team I’ve ever seen?
It has to be the 1984 Detroit Tigers.
Without a doubt they were an awesome team. I knew they would be good and I figured when the signed Free Agent Darrell Evans they had the makings for something truly special. The best move they made was trading John Wokenfuss and Glen Wilson for Willie Hernandez and Dave Bergman.
As an Aurelio Lopez fan I wasn’t too thrilled with the trade at first but this is why I’m not a General Manager. Hernandez went on to win the MVP and the Cy Young that season and Bergman wound up with a better year than Evans did so it was all good.
Man, was this team good.
The motto was “Restore the Roar in ‘84” and that’s exactly what this team did, After some lean years and an awful spring this team went on a 35-5 start and never looked back. They beat the Yankees in the playoffs when Kirk Gibson went bombs away and cracked the Padres in five games to win it all. I was thrilled beyond belief.
The Tigers only had two future Hall of Famers that were part of this club; Manager Sparky Anderson and Radio legend Ernie Harwell. It saddens me that Jack Morris, Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker won’t be joining him there. Even though these amazing baseball players won’t be immortalized in Cooperstown they reside in the hearts and minds of every Detroit Tiger fan….including this one.
The only thing missing was my Grandpa not being alive to see it. He predicted that one day Morris, Whitaker, Trammell and Lance Parish would take this team to the Promised Land…..and that they did.
On today’s show we talked baseball for the entire hour. You can catch it at the link below.