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Man of the Day: Brandon Inge

Apr 9, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

I won’t run this feature every day because, let’s face it, you can go many days in a row without finding examples of bonafide manhood, but I have one for today at least.

Brandon Inge, Detroit Tigers’ third baseman. I’m watching him in the Indians-Tigers game right now. It was 39 degrees and windy at game time and the dude’s wearing short sleeves. Reminds me of Woody Hayes. Of course, Inge also wears a jersey three sizes too big for him, so he could have a kerosene heater under there or something and we’d never know.

Just before I hit “post” he legged out an infield single, so it would have to be a light kerosene heater.

  1. keithcash - Apr 9, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    This web site sucks.

  2. ditmars1929 - Apr 9, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Then you can leave now.

  3. tjwilliams - Apr 9, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    You mock the giant jersey, but sometimes it comes in handy.
    http://blogs.suntimes.com/sportsprose/brandon-inge-hit-by-pitch-marsh.jpg
    Or not.

  4. Charles Gates - Apr 9, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    Ok, so I went out Googling for a Wade Boggs quote from way back when pertaining to the subject at hand. I remember, when Boggs was on the Yankees, that he never wore a long sleeve shirt under his jersey. When asked about it, he said something along the lines of, ‘Hitting comes first. If an additional shirt constricts my swing in any way, I won’t wear it regardless of how cold it is.’
    I semi-validated this memory by finding an image of Boggs riding that horse around Yankee Stadium after the World Series win. He was only wearing a short sleeved jersey. If you look at the police officers in the background, they’re all wearing jackets, so I assume it was cold, as you’d expect for an October night in NYC.
    So, like I said, I went Googling for the exact quote. Instead, I found this: http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=104542
    It’s the transcript to a radio interview on 950 KJR, titled ‘How Many Beers Could You Drink On A Cross Country Flight.’ They posed the ‘Who drank the most?’ question to Jeff Nelson. A few comments later:
    Nelson: Oh, I’d say, on a typical road trip, east coast to west coast [Nelly played with Boggs on the Yankees], say a road game to Seattle……Wade would drink anywhere between 50 and 60 beers.

  5. Charles Gates - Apr 9, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Wade Boggs addresses this directly on PTI:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75Gx8OmO9Rk

    He says 64 isn’t ‘the number,’ but based on his reaction, I’d say that the story is probably over half true.
    Now, where’s that dang cold weather quote?

  6. Charles Gates - Apr 9, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    I found a Sports Illustrated picture from October 25, 1986 of Wade Boggs sliding into home plate during the World Series (with Boston, not the one I was referencing above) and he’s wearing a long sleeved shirt. Maybe he developed his ‘no long under shirt’ thing later in his career.

  7. Ryan - Apr 9, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Unless he had a run-in with King Arthur before playing a game and his arm is quite literally ‘off,’ he is not manly. 49 other dudes had to play in the same conditions.

  8. Grant - Apr 9, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    So I’m reading Ball Four right now, and Bouton is amused/exasperated by the super-tight uniforms that were becoming fashionable while he was writing the book. Oh how the times change.

  9. INGE MAKES ME CRINGE - Apr 24, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    Inge and Rod Allen sleep together on the road/ Inge is the worst #6 hitter in baseball!!!!/ Inge is a hybrid of Colt Mccoy and Freddie Munoz/ I would rather have Munoz batting with a man on 3rd and less than 2 outs/ Inge is on a torrid pace and should hit 0 homers this year./ Tigers 6-9 hitters wont combine for 20 rbi’s this season( i hate rbi)/ Rod Allen is without a doubt the most annoying human on planet Earth/ Let’s change Rod’s affectionate name for the Laird-ass from G-money to C-money—COUNTERFEIT MONEY./ Rod Allen uses more words to say absolutely nothing and makes less sense than Mickey Redmond and Jim Price, neither of whom make any sense at all./ Go get ‘em,Tigers !!!!!

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