OK, I know it is a small sample, but Jose Iglesias has become my favorite Tigers player. In fact, he is officially my second favorite active player behind former Tiger Curtis Granderson. (I can’t help it. I’ll always like Curtis and I hope to see him back in a Tigers uniform next year.)
But I digress. Besides Iggy’s glove, he has hit a lot better than I was told to expect. Also, he brings dimensions to the game the Tigers are lacking, spark and speed. Both of these attributes were displayed in yesterday’s game, before the pitching staff started throwing batting practice,
In the top of the 3rd, with one out, and Tigers offense pretty much silent for the first few innings, Iggy laid down a bunt single. Austin Jackson followed with a single and Iggy did what the Tigers as a team have a hard time doing, he went from first to third on a base hit and came around to score on Prince’s homer.
In the top of the 4th with the game tied at 3, the Tigers loaded the bases with one out. Iggy hit a double play ball to third baseman Will Middlebrooks but was able to beat the relay. Iggy’s hustle allowed Don Kelly to score the go ahead run. These are two plays that the rest of team just doesn’t make.
So as a little tribute to Iggy, I found this highlight video from 2012.
“God I love baseball.” -Roy Hobbs | The Natural