Skip to content

Lou Whitaker, nachos, tiger paw carpet and other stuff I saw in Lakeland

Feb 28, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

LAKELAND, FLORIDA — After clubhouses close I usually wander around and take pictures of people without asking. Then I eat ballpark food. It’s a totally healthy way to live life. Here’s some of the random things I saw while I was waiting for the game to start.

source:

Hey, it’s should-be-Hall-of-Famer Lou Whitaker! Where are you going, Lou?

“Gonna go beat up Jose Iglesias, take back my number 1 jersey and demand the Tigers retire it!”

“Wow, really, Lou?”

“No, Craig. That’s you projecting again and putting imaginary words in my mouth. Let it go, dude. You were, like, eight years old. You have kids for Christ’s sake. Grow up.”

“OK, Lou.” [winks, assuming that’s code from Whitaker for me to go beat up Iglesias and take the number. We will right all the wrongs, Lou. You and me together].

source:

Saw this kid on the berm during Tigers BP. Most of the people out there were 250 pound guys in their 30s or older, killing each other for baseballs. It was ugly. People were literally getting bloodied. Then this kid wades in. Forty-five pounds soaking wet, but wearing a beat-up Gibson jersey and not afraid of anything. I didn’t see him get a ball, but I wouldn’t bet against him out-fighting some of those lugs.

source:

During this game, I’ve seen a lot of changing, in the way you feel about me, and in the way I feel about you. In here, there were two guys killing each other, but I guess that’s better than twenty million. I guess what I’m trying to say, is that if I can change, and you can change, everybody can change!

[loud applause, even by the Politburo]

source:

You all know my favorite thing to do is to take pictures of equipment bags on the field before games. Well, get this: no bags ANYWHERE on this field today. None. I had to settle for taking pictures of these balls, all by themselves. Really, this trip is NOT starting out well. Hoping I have better luck in Tampa tomorrow.

Oh, one pic I took before the clubhouses closed. But I’m risking my credential posting this.

You’re not technically allowed to take pictures in the clubhouse, but I have decided that the purpose of that rule is to not invade the privacy of players or to reveal the internal working of teams. Which makes total sense. I do not believe, however, that the rule should extend to taking pictures of the sweet, sweet tiger paw carpet in the Tigers clubhouse, which demands documenting or posterity:

source:

They should license this and sell it to Tigers fans for their man caves. They’d make a mint.

By the way: I’ll cop to the Adidas being mine. In order to protect them I won’t reveal who owns the other shoes, but the dude in the Sauconys is the one who told me it’d probably be OK to take the pic. If I get in trouble, I will throw him under the bus. Just sayin’.

After all of that I needed to replenish nutrients. So I got these:

source:

The nachos with the pulled pork and jalapeños on them are legit, y’all.

Anyway, that’s that. The game started a few minutes ago. Brian McCann took Max Scherzer out to right field to make it 1-0 Yankees. Torii Hunter acted like he caught the ball at the wall, and it was so successful a deke that McCann actually held up a second between first and second before realizing it was out and kept running. I wonder if McCann is going to get in anyone’s face about that. It’d be pretty cool if he did.

Latest Posts
  1. Yankees acquire infielder Gregorio Petit from Astros

    Apr 1, 2015, 8:34 PM EDT

    gregorio petit getty Getty Images

    Petit batted .278/.300/.423 with eight doubles and two home runs in 100 plate appearances last season for the Astros. He wasn’t going to make their Opening Day roster this spring, but the versatile 30-year-old infielder could be of immediate use to the Yankees …

  2. Christian Vazquez to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Apr 1, 2015, 7:41 PM EDT

    christian vazquez getty Getty Images

    As first reported by Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez will undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Thursday morning.

  3. Video: Carlos Martinez goes six scoreless vs. Mets

    Apr 1, 2015, 7:07 PM EDT

    carlos martinez getty Getty Images

    Martinez wraps up the spring with a 2.86 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 22 innings. He was officially named the Cardinals’ fifth starter on Monday …

  4. Bruce Rondon scratched Wednesday with sore shoulder

    Apr 1, 2015, 6:12 PM EDT

    bruce rondon getty Getty Images

    Tigers setup man Bruce Rondon was supposed to make an appearance in Wednesday’s Cactus League game against the Padres, but he woke up with a sore shoulder and couldn’t shake the discomfort during pregame stretching.

  5. HBT Extra: It’s World Series or bust for the Washington Nationals

    Apr 1, 2015, 4:50 PM EDT

    Max Scherzer Getty Images

    Jenna and I continue to preview the divisions. Next up: the NL East.

  6. Duke ace, potential No. 1 pick Mike Matuella needs Tommy John surgery

    Apr 1, 2015, 4:26 PM EDT

    Mike Matuella Duke

    Matuella started six games this season, throwing 25 innings with a 1.08 ERA and 24 strikeouts.

  7. 2015 Preview: Colorado Rockies

    Apr 1, 2015, 4:15 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies spring training in Scottsdale Getty Images

    With a new GM and questions surrounding the futures of Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, where are the Rockies headed?

  8. Video: Inside the park home runs are kinda lame

    Apr 1, 2015, 3:58 PM EDT

    Screen Shot 2015-04-01 at 3.58.01 PM

    Allen Craig hit one today. Yawn.

  9. Wrigley Field has a jumbotron, you guys

    Apr 1, 2015, 3:03 PM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    Now you all will know when it is time to “MAKE SOME NOISE!!!!!!”

  10. Justin Verlander resumes throwing, but disabled list stint remains possible

    Apr 1, 2015, 1:40 PM EDT

    justin verlander getty Getty Images

    Verlander has never been on the disabled list in his 10-year career.

  11. 2015 Preview: Philadelphia Phillies

    Apr 1, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Cole Hamels Getty Images

    The Phillies are going to be bad in 2015. But just how bad?

  12. Phillies waived $12 million Cuban pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, but no team wanted him

    Apr 1, 2015, 11:50 AM EDT

    Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez Getty Images

    Philadelphia’s pitching staff isn’t exactly stacked, but Gonzalez blew his chance to make the team by allowing 12 runs in 14 spring training innings.

  13. The Mets and Juan Lagares are close to a four-year extension

    Apr 1, 2015, 11:03 AM EDT

    Juan Lagares Getty Getty Images

    The Mets are locking up one of the best defensive center fielders in the game.

  14. Astros demote first baseman Jon Singleton to Triple-A

    Apr 1, 2015, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jonathan Singleton Getty Getty Images

    If he crushes Triple-A pitching he’ll be back soon enough.

  15. Marlins reliever Aaron Crow needs Tommy John surgery

    Apr 1, 2015, 10:15 AM EDT

    Aaron Crow AP

    Miami gave up left-hander Brian Flynn and minor leaguer Reid Redman to get Crow from Kansas City.

  16. HBT Extra: Anyone but the Twins could win the AL Central

    Apr 1, 2015, 9:46 AM EDT

    Corey Kluber Corey Kluber

    Jenna and I talk about whether the Tigers can do it again.

  17. Wrigley Field will still be a work in progress, but it will be ready for Opening Day

    Apr 1, 2015, 9:05 AM EDT

    Wrigley construction Getty Images

    So don’t listen to the rumors about how it’s not fit for man nor beast nor Cubs fan.

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. J. Fernandez (5183)
  2. A. Rendon (4582)
  3. C. Rodon (4457)
  4. Y. Tomas (4382)
  5. K. Jansen (4117)
  1. C. Martinez (4076)
  2. J. Verlander (4033)
  3. C. Davis (4030)
  4. S. Doolittle (3980)
  5. K. Bryant (3903)