13 ‘Bad Luck’ moments in Detroit sports history

If you live in the state of Michigan, odds are that you root for Detroit teams and either Michigan or Michigan State. (If you do not fall into that category, don’t worry, we love you too!) If you do fall into that category, you have suffered through some terrible luck throughout the years. These can … Read more

10 Notorious times the state of Michigan got jobbed by the refs

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No matter the sport, referees make mistakes. That being said, it seems like teams from the state of Michigan seem to get jobbed by the refs more than anyone else. Let’s take a look at ten notorious times the Great Lakes State felt the burn from the men in stripes (in no particular order): 1. … Read more

Stolen perfection lands Detroit Tigers P Armando Galarraga a place in baseball history

On June 2nd, 2010, as 17,738 Detroit Tigers fans ascended on to Comerica Park for an early June game against a division rival, all were unaware of the drama that was about to unfold over the next hour and 44 minutes (Yes, 1 hour and 44 minutes!) What started off with starting pitcher Armando Galarraga cruising through the … Read more

10 years later, Jim Joyce discusses blown Armando Galarraga call

By now, everyone knows the story. On June 2, 2010, Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga had a perfect game stolen from him by umpire Jim Joyce, who incorrectly ruled that Indians batter Jason Donald had reached base safely on a ground ball to the right side. The call remains one of the most infamous errors … Read more

MUST SEE: Ex-Tiger Austin Jackson with the catch of the year

Former Detroit Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson endeared himself to fans when he made a spectacular catch to preserve Armando Galarraga‘s (near) perfect game on that fateful night in Detroit in 2010.

Now, as a member of the Cleveland Indians, he’s added an even better highlight to his repertoire.

With Cleveland leading the Boston Red Sox 7-5 in the bottom of the fifth, Jackson went over the bullpen wall to rob Hanley Ramírez of a lead off home-run. The catch was so spectacular that the Red Sox fans in attendance at Fenway Park applauded, even though it robbed their own team. It sure isn’t often you see the hometown fans cheer the opposition. 

“I just wanted to try to get back to the wall and try to read it,” Jackson said. “I got back and I tried to get to the fence first. When I jumped and caught it, I realized I was about to take a tumble to the other side. Luckily, I was able to grab the fence a little bit and I flipped over.”

Jackson has a knack for robbing hitters of home-runs. According to ESPN, it’s his fifth such robbery.

Unfortunately, the catch might remind Tigers fans of Torii Hunter‘s failed bullpen-flipping catch, coincidently against the Red Sox in the 2013 ALCS – also at Fenway. Jackson certainly remembers that play well.

“As my feet were flipping over, for some reason I was thinking about that same play that I’ve seen with Torii,” Jackson said.

MLB Umpire Jim Joyce retires

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In Major League Baseball news this morning, umpire Jim Joyce has officially retired from professional baseball. ICYMI: Longtime umpires Tim Welke, John Hirschbeck, Jim Joyce and Bob Davidson are retiring. https://t.co/4GcZsxxv7T — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) February 22, 2017 MLB.com reports that Joyce served as an umpire for 29 years. Over his career, he took part in three World … Read more