Right field line.

Hyde street.

The view from the top of Hyde Street.

The Buena Vista

Home of the best Irish Coffee.

Fisherman’s Wharf.

China Town.

The entrance to China Town.

Roof is open.

The roof was open on a perfect 70 degree night.

More roof.

Looking down the right field line withe the roof open.

Left field.

A shot from the booth looking down the left field line. You can see the football stadium in this one too.

Maggs Factor

10_1 The Tigers have undergone a major cosmetic change in the month of July.  We’ll call it the Maggs factor.  As the Tigers head to the West coast for a trip through Seattle and Oakland, they bring with them the cleanup hitter they have missed the first three months of the season.  Since the return of Magglio Ordonez to the Tigers lineup on July 1st, the offense is really rolling.  Ordonez is hitting .373 with 3 homers and 17 RBI in July, but maybe more striking is the impact he is having on the entire offense.  The following is a breakdown of the Tigers offense with and without Maggs. 

Here are the team rankings for the month of July in the American League with Ordonez in the lineup:

Average:  .299 (2nd)

Runs:  117  (3rd)

Hits:   240  (1st)

HR:  26  (3rd)

Now, the team rankings from April 13th through June 30th without Magglio in the lineup:

Average:  .266  (8th)

Runs:  290  (13th)

Hits:   625  (11th)

HR:  56  (11th)

3_1 It’s clear that Ordonez means a great deal to the lineup.  Second year hitter Chris Shelton has opened up some eyes with his offense, and having Ordonez hitting behind him in the lineup can only help to insure that he will continue to see plenty of good pitches in the second half.  The 3-4 combination of Shelton/Ordonez has been as good as any in July.

Well, well, well

I appears that a good friend of mine has issued a challenge of sorts.  Daron Sutton, the fine broadcaster of the Milwaukee Brewers, has offered a wager in his latest blog entry.  The bet:  which team wins more games this season, the Brewers or the Tigers?

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Well, considering the Tigers put up 12 runs on 18 hits tonight in a thumping of the Twins, this bet appears to be a slam dunk.  The Bengals are ready to roll.  However, we now need some collateral.  Daron has offered some Miller Lite and I will counter with two large Little Caesars pizzas, loaded with as many toppings as he would like.  And, since it appears that he has lost his senses with this wager, I’ll also throw in some Crazy Bread.

As of tonight, the records look like this:

Milwaukee:  47-50

Detroit:  47-48

Your on, Sut!