Apr 24th 2008 3:00AM by Matt Watson
Just hours after the very first post in this series, Jacque Jones and Troy Tulowitzki announced to the world (through their actions, at least) that they want no part of this undistinguished club.
Jones knocked a solo shot over the outifeld wall in the third inning against the Rangers, breaking a 5-5 tie to give the Tigers a lead they’d never relinquish. His power set a good example for the rest of his teammates, as they proceeded to simply unload on the hapless Rangers pitching staff, putting on the board to cap off a 19-5 victory.
Jones hit only five home runs with the Cubs last year, but the Tigers are hoping he’ll revert back to the guy who averaged almost 25 hitters the three previous years. (. It’s still an uphill climb — he’s slugging a career-low .340 at the moment — but Wednesday’s game was a baby-step in the right direction.
As for Tulowitzki, I’m guessing he was a bit more motivated by Tuesday’s benching than being called out by some random guy on the internet. Whatever it was, he finally started swinging the bat like he did for most of last season, even if it was only for one at-bat: he finished the game 1-for-4 with three RBI. While he won his personal battle with the number zero, his team still lost the game, falling 7-6 to the Cubs.