Goodbye Pudge, and thank you.

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center

A couple of hours ago it was announced that the Detroit Tigers have traded catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez to the New York Yankees for relief pitcher Kyle Farnsworth.  

I try not to get too wrapped up in emotions when trades are made, as they are part of the business of baseball.  But this time my heart is heavy.  Pudge came to the Tigers as a free agent when it wasn't cool to come to Detroit. In my eyes he became the face of the new Detroit Tigers.




I'll miss him.  Very much.


Welcome back Kyle.  Hope you have fun here.

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You are right about the business of baseball or any professional sport today. It would be nice to see the Tigers back in the hunt to be in the series again...

Jul 30, 2008 09:24 PM #1
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Kris Wales
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Michael, it would be great for the city and the fans to have the Tigers back in the hunt again.  Hopefully the addition of Kyle Farnsworth to the bullpen will do it. 

Jul 30, 2008 10:22 PM #2
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My wife and I were so bummed they traded Pudge :(

Aug 04, 2008 02:52 PM #3
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Contrary to the NY sports radio gurus, I don't think the Yankees stole Pudge. Farnsworth has major heat with a tendency to fall in love with his fastball. His off-speed pitches are wicked. Girardi caught Farnsworth in Chicago and used him regularly. If the first few games as a Yankee are any indication, looks like Pudge's bat speed is too slow now.

It's not what you've done ... it's what you're going to do.  

Aug 07, 2008 01:50 AM #4
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Mike:  I almost fell out of my chair...it was difficult to believe.  I had a feeling he wasn't going to re-sign for next year, but I had hoped it would work out.

Andrew:  Good to see you buddy!   Kyle was with us a few years ago (2005?) and did quite well, so I'm happy he's here again, although I think it caught him by surprise.  Have to feel sorry for the guys that get blindsided and have to relocate quickly.  I'm afraid you're right about Pudges bat speed.  Not that he's horrible, but he's showing signs of aging.  (Catching has to be the most demanding on a body in baseball I would think)  Hope the Yankee fans will give him kudos for what he has done instead of the booing that happened in his first game.  (Wow, rough crowd huh?)  He does play hard and puts his heart into it.  Hope all is well with you and your family Andrew.

Aug 07, 2008 07:15 AM #5
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Linda Scanlan

Hi Kris!

Pudge gave us quite a few exciting years here in Texas. It was hard to see him go when he left to go to Florida, but at least he got a World Series ring there. Wasn't going to happen here.

Trivia fact:  Did you know that Pudge and his wife were married at our old ball park at home plate? They asked Maribella once how she made sure he was kept humble and she said that he always had to take out the trash and she made sure he had diaper duty at home.

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