73rd time is the charm for Sergio Garcia

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The Masters winner can be described in one word. Finally! Sergio Garcia, after many and numerous heartbreaks, finally wins the Masters and his first golf major! The green-jacket hopes for Sergio looked like toast trailing Justin Rose by two shots with six holes to play on Sunday. Sergio Garcia has always struggled putting the golf ball and he once again missed some putts to win the Masters in regulation. However, Sergio stayed strong and resilient and won on the first hole of the sudden death playoff.

Here is a statistic you don’t ever want to be a part of in golf. Sergio had played in 73 majors and never won a major, which is the most ever by a pro golfer. Sergio became the third Spaniard to win the Masters. The other two were the late Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal. I found myself pulling for Sergio to win over Justin Rose as the back nine was setting up for this epic finish. You have to feel good for a guy who once said “I am not good enough to win a major” and finally wins one. I know I was personally waiting for the Sergio Garcia “collapse,” as were many golf fans. Sergio did not collapse and the particular Masters green jacket he is likely still wearing will forever be part of a historic win!

The Masters is the best watch in golf and 2017 didn’t let me down. I would also say nobody, and I mean nobody, feels better than one Sergio Garcia.

Closing down the Joe in style

The Detroit Red Wings closed out the final day at Joe Louis Arena with a 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils. The closing ceremonies I taped and were well worth the watch. If you didn’t see them and you want to watch them, they can be found on Youtube. Watching the Joe in its final moments brought back so many memories for me it makes you wonder where the time went. I really enjoyed the tribute of players who came back and were introduced to the crowd. The Detroit Red Wings organization is the best in the NHL! The sadness for me is the streak of 25 years in the playoffs is over. The Detroit Red Wings not in the NHL Playoffs is like eating an Oreo without the cream filling in the middle! It just isn’t right.

The new Little Caesars Arena will be an awesome hockey barn and I am looking forward to watching the Red Wings and the start of a new era. It was sweet that Henrik Zetterberg played his 1,000th career game as Red Wing last Sunday. Congrats to No. 40 on that tremendous accomplishment.

Another set of doors bang shut

The Palace of Auburn Hills didn’t receive the attention that Joe Louis Arena did, however, it closed its doors on the Detroit Pistons over the weekend as well. The Detroit Pistons called the Palace home for 29 years. The memories of three World Championships and the Bad Boys will be memories forever for all Detroit Pistons fans. I have awesome memories of playoff games and great Piston greats at the Palace. How can anyone forget the “Malice at the Palace”? What a night that was, for sure. The Detroit Pistons are headed to Little Caesars Arena for the 2017-18 season. The Pistons were eliminated from the playoffs, which I thought was a huge step backwards for the organization. This basketball team should have made the playoffs in the weak Eastern Conference. I think Stan Van Gundy will get one more year on the coaching bench. I will say SVG is on the coaching hot seat next season.

Decent start for Kitties

The Detroit Tigers are off to pretty decent start in the early season. The Fat Guy had a grand old time at Comerica Park on Opening Day. The fact Detroit won and the barley pops were cold, along with some sunshine made the home opener a winner. The bullpen choked away a lead which has been a two-decade old story, right? The Tigers rallied to send all the fans home happy. The large and worthless relief pitcher, Bruce Rondon, lasted three games before being sent down to the Toledo Mudhens. The Tigers need to just cut the fat (pun intended) and release Rondon. He will never amount to anything except as a spokesperson for some all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant, in my opinion.

Justin Verlander looks sharp in his first two starts of the season. James McCann is a home-run man so far, which is a mild shocker. It keeps Avila on the bench where he belongs, too. thefatguy@mihomepaper.com

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