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Putz: Tiger fans 'robbed' by timing of ceremony

Posted on: June 24, 2011 8:53 pm
 
DETROIT -- Alan Trammell's criticism was so subtle that you could wonder if it was even meant as criticism.

Asked his feelings about the Tigers retiring Sparky Anderson's number on Sunday, the former Tiger shortstop and manager said simply, "It would be better for him to be here, to hear his words."

Obviously, Anderson won't be at Comerica Park. The Tigers, after steadfastly refusing to retire his number while he was alive, finally announced plans to do so after Anderson died last December.

J.J. Putz's criticism was not subtle.

"Tiger fans are a little robbed because Sparky can't be here," said the Diamondbacks closer, who grew up in Trenton, Mich., as a huge Tiger fan.

Putz was seven years old when Anderson's Tigers won the 1984 World Series, with his current manager (Kirk Gibson) and bench coach (Trammell) playing starring roles.

"I remember it like it was yesterday," Putz said. "I watched it with my grandparents, because my mom and dad were at the game."

Now Putz will be at Comerica Park to see the Tigers retire Anderson's number. He'll be happy to see it.

He wishes Anderson could have seen it, too.
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Since: Oct 21, 2011
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Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: June 27, 2011 1:07 am
 

Putz: Tiger fans 'robbed' by timing of ceremony

Best post of the day CPF!



Since: May 2, 2011
Posted on: June 26, 2011 11:46 pm
 

Putz: Tiger fans 'robbed' by timing of ceremony

Sparky best known for manager of the big red machine and 2 world championships anyways - the reds did it right and retired his number awhile back - sorry tiger fans



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: June 26, 2011 10:23 pm
 

Putz: Tiger fans 'robbed' by timing of ceremony

AMEN CPF Football....couldn't have said it better. Obviously people did not know
Sparky's wishes nor obviously did not know Tiger management...you really think the Tigers
forgot OR wanted to forget this great man?



Since: Apr 19, 2011
Posted on: June 26, 2011 9:48 pm
 

Putz: Tiger fans 'robbed' by timing of ceremony

Sparky refused every invitation to honor him after he retired. What did you want the Tigers to do? Retire his number while he was alive and him not attend. I can't say that anyones comments are wrong either because once again cbssports decides to not know what it is talking about and either knowingly neglect to mention or just not do any of their research and make it sound like the Tigers were doing an injustice to Sparky. In contrary, they were actually honoring his wishes to not have his number retired. Kinda reminds me of when they said that Jake Peavy's lat soreness was not related to his injury last year. Too bad that's the muscle he tore last year. These mlb bloggers must not actually watch baseball and just read espn's box scores.


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