The 146th British Open at Royal Birkdale was a major golf championship for the ages. Jordan Spieth, who was trailing Matt Kuchar by one shot with five holes to play, pulled off the improbable. His 13th-hole bogey after taking an unplayable lie was something of absolute beauty on the golf course. The bogey changed momentum for Jordan and he finished the last five holes five-under par. Jordan buried a 30-foot birdie putt and a seven-foot birdie putt. Let’s then toss in a ho-hum 50-foot eagle putt and a tap in par at 18 for the Claret Jugvictory.
The drama was incredible and the roller-coaster ride Jordan was on was extremely exciting to watch. The British Open win was Jordan Spieth’s third in his career. The PGA Championship at Quail Hollow on August 10th could provide Spieth with a career grand slam all at the age of 24 years old! The 23-year-old kid from Texas, just four days shy of his 24th birthday on Sunday, according to a tweet by the great Jack Nicklaus showed guts, determination and skill in his win at Royal Birkdale. I would say the Golden Bear hit the proverbial nail on the head with those comments. My only regret was not getting to watch as much of this golf as I wanted to due to work obligations. I was forced to watch the highlights and the highlights were fabulous. I am looking forward to the PGA Championship in three weeks.
Camp is in session
The NFL training camps open up this week for all NFL teams. The Detroit Lions had the rookies report on July 24 and the veterans are reporting on July 29. The first practice will take place on July 30. The Lions also announced that Barry Sanders is back on the Lions’ payroll. Barry has the title of Team Ambassador. What this job entails I have no idea. I am just happy he and the Lions are back as a happy couple. It won’t be long and the first preseason game will be played! I am happy to have football back in the news.
The fire house sale, as predicted, happened about the time I sent in last week’s column. The fearless leader of a general manager, the great Al Avila, made the trade of the century for the Tigers. Hold on while I toss my salad. The rumors of J.D. Martinez being traded have been circulating for a month or better. I realize he had an $11.75 million contract and was a free agent after this year.
However, they should have kept him. Deal Verlander, Upton, Avila, or Kinsler before losing J. D. Martinez! The fact that J.D. Martinez really blossomed as a Tiger after struggling with the Houston Astros is a tremendous story. He should have stayed a Detroit Tiger.
The players Detroit received from the Arizona Diamondbacks, J.D.’s new team, is a joke! I want you to remember these names because none will ever play once in a Tigers uniform. Dawal Lugo is a shortstop/third baseman and AA player and Sergio Alcanttara is on a Class A team. How about Jose King is currently playing rookie ball? How in the heck are these players going to help rebuild this team in the next three years? I want to point out that the trade deadline is July 31 at 4 p.m. The brain, Al Avila, made this trade too early and showed how unqualified he is to lead this baseball team. He has done zero to improve the Tigers since he took over! Am I wrong? No, I am not!
I look for more Tigers to be dealt in the next week. The rumor is Ian Kinsler is coveted by the Milwaukee Brewers so keep an eye on that move. The Justin Verlander rumors will keep flying around but his contract will scare most teams, in my opinion. The Chicago Cubs are looking for a left-handed bat, so maybe Al Avila will be forced to trade his son, Alex, for a dozen used batting practice baseballs. The reliever, Justin Wilson, will be traded as many teams are interested in him. I don’t mind seeing him go, but please get something decent in return for him. The bottom line is, things are looking bleak in Motown baseball for the next two or three years. Detroit Tiger fans have witnessed a good decade of baseball for the most part. However, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. The window on winning baseball and playoff baseball come October is in the rearview mirror. It makes me sad, but it is what it is, Tiger fans. If Brad Ausmus keeps his job after this year’s debacle, an investigation needs to be started because he needs to go! firstname.lastname@example.org