Tiger All Stars, Beach Boys, Independence Day

The Detroit News

July 2, 2012

Tigers get three for the All-Star show, maybe two for the Derby

  • The Detroit News

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Know what would be better than three Tigers on the American League All-Star team? Two Tigers in the Home Run Derby.

The Tigers never have had two players in the same derby. Not many teams have.

But with Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera having been in it before, and obviously qualifying as two of the game’s most feared sluggers, there’s a chance both will participate this year

The derby will be held on July 9 at Kauffman Stadium — the night before the All-Star Game in Kansas City.

Fielder and Cabrera, along with Tigers teammate Justin Verlander, were named American League All-Stars on Sunday.

Outfielder Austin Jackson and relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit were left off the squad — and also aren’t on the fans’ Final Ballot to fill the last spot on the AL All-Star roster.

Some observers, such as Matt Snyder of cbssports.com, are calling Jackson’s omission “a big-time snub.”

Jackson said he wasn’t disappointed at all.

Knowing how difficult it is for setup men to make it, however, Benoit sounded as if he was.

The thought of both Cabrera and Fielder participating in the derby is an intriguing one, to be sure. Fielder has been in it three times, winning the 2009 event as a Milwaukee Brewer at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Cabrera has been in it twice, including once as a Tiger, but didn’t advance to the finals either time.

Their derby appearances have not coincided. But they hit back-to-back in the Tigers lineup, so Cabrera joked that they’re in a derby “every day.”

“I don’t know if I will,” Cabrera said about participating. “They haven’t asked me yet. It depends on how I feel.”

As for Fielder, it’s not official, but it sounds as if he’ll be a “yes” if asked. For that matter, it sounds as if he’s a “yes” already.

“I don’t know, I think so,” Fielder said at his locker following the Tigers’ 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

When asked if he wants Cabrera in it as well, Fielder said, “yeah.”

When also asked who wins the daily competition Cabrera mentioned, Fielder diplomatically said, “it’s a tie.”

Of switching leagues in the offseason, but still getting voted in as a starter by the fans, Fielder said, “It’s cool. I guess it means I’m nice to the fans.”

Fielder was disappointed as well, but Verlander was the most outspoken of the Tigers about the fact that neither Jackson nor Benoit made it.

“Miguel and Prince will be there every year unless it’s a freak thing,” Verlander said. “Obviously I’m happy for them, but I’m pretty disappointed that Austin and Joaquin don’t have the opportunity to go.

“I think they’re both deserving and it would be a great experience. They got the short end of it.”

Jackson doesn’t look at it that way. In fact, he said he didn’t pay any attention to the advance speculation either way.

“It’s not going to define my year by not making it,” he said. “The way I’m looking at it is that I get the break to let my body recoup and get ready for the second half.”

Instead of being in Kansas City, he’ll be home in Texas.

Benoit, meanwhile, knew his chances of making it were slim, despite the fact manager Jim Leyland spoke earlier in the week on his behalf to the Texas Rangers’ Ron Washington, who’ll manage the AL team.

“I didn’t think about it,” Benoit said. “It’s a long shot for a setup guy and even for some closers, depending on how good the starters are.

“It’s always been starters and closers, and perhaps an extra guy. But look at (Vinnie) Pestano of Cleveland. He’s having a great season, and he’s not even mentioned.”

Benoit said his daughter is “my All-Star.” He’ll spend the break visiting her in the Dominican Republic.

Will he even watch the All-Star Game?

“I don’t know,” he said. “She’s a handful.”

For Cabrera, who made it as a reserve, it’s his seventh time as an All-Star, the third time as a Tiger. His first four were with the Florida (now Miami) Marlins.

“It’s not the same thrill every time,” he said. “It’s always different. I wish I was starting, but I don’t control that. I’ll be happy to be there.”

Verlander is an All-Star for the fifth time. He didn’t pitch in two of the games for which he was selected, though.

“I find it’s a bit different when you have the opportunity to pitch,” he said. “There’s a different intensity to going, living life and just watching.

Verlander is “pretty sure” he’ll be pitching this time. He said Saturday he didn’t expect to be named the AL’s starting pitcher, but would consider it an honor.

“In Kansas City, a division rival,” he said, “I can’t wait to see if I get booed or cheered.”

Fielder, who won the fans’ voting and will start at first base, is representing the Tigers for the first time. But it will be his fourth All-Star Game, with his first three coming when he was a Brewer.

For the combination of Cabrera and Verlander, it’s the third year in a row they’ve both been named All-Stars as Tigers.

There hasn’t been a Tigers tandem with a longer All-Star streak since the mid-1980s — and you might not correctly guess what that twosome was.

If you guessed Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker, you’d be wrong.

If you had guessed Lance Parrish and Whitaker, you’d be right.

Parrish and Whitaker made the same All-Star teams as Tigers from 1983-86 — four years in a row.

The threesome of Parrish, Whitaker and Willie Hernandez made it three years in a row (1984-86)

Perhaps the threesome of Verlander, Cabrera and Fielder will end up challenging that trio.



AL starters

Mike Napoli, TEX C
Prince Fielder, DET 1B
Robinson Cano, NYY 2B
Derek Jeter, NYY SS
Adrian Beltre, TEX 3B
Josh Hamilton, TEX OF
Curtis Granderson, NYY OF
Jose Bautista, TOR OF
David Ortiz, BOS DH

July 1, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Cars to celebrate Americana

  • By Larry Printz
  • The Virginian-Pilot

1961 Lincoln Continental (Ford Motor Co.)

This July 4 pre-weekend, let’s step back in time and let our feelings of patriotism well up inside us like overheated radiators.

Put on that Dacron polyester outfit. Pour yourself a martini. Put an Antonio Carlos Jobim album on the record player. That’s it. Relax and enjoy a bit of ’60s American automotive swagger in the best Don Draper fashion.

1961 Lincoln Continental

Price new : $6,067

After years of increasingly garish designs, Lincoln cleaned house. For 1961, Lincoln offered one model: the Continental, in coupe or convertible models. Originally designed as a Ford Thunderbird, its clean, sleek lines remained mostly unchanged through 1967 and it’s considered one of the most influential designs of the 1960s. The 1967 model was the last four-door convertible sold in America.

1963 Buick Riviera

Price new: $4,333

This car was originally designed as a revival of LaSalle, the low-cost Cadillac model built from 1927 through 1940. When Cadillac showed little interest in the proposed car, it went to Buick. The car’s design was inspired by British coach-built cars of the 1950s. Ample power was offered: a 325-horsepower 6.6-liter V-8 was standard, while a 340-horsepower 7.0-liter V-8 was optional and able to reach 60 mph in 7.7 seconds.

1966 Oldsmobile Toronado

Price new : $5,858

This coupe’s dramatic look proclaimed the 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado’s most distinctive feature: It was the first American-built front-wheel-drive car since the 1937 Cord, which influenced its stylists. Measuring 211 inches long and weighing 4,366 pounds, the Toronado needed its 7.0-liter V-8. Underappreciated today, the Toronado impressed critics then; Motor Trend named it Car of the Year.

1967 Cadillac Eldorado:

Price new: $6,903

Cadillac was all about living large, and at 221 inches long, the 1967 Eldorado defined it. The car’s styling was another triumph for GM styling chief Bill Mitchell, as no one could tell that this front-wheel-drive personal luxury coupe used the same platform as the Oldsmobile Toronado. The Eldorado, however, used a different engine. In fact, it used the largest ever placed in a front-wheel-drive car: a 400-horsepower 8.2-liter V-8.

1969 Lincoln Mark III

Price new: $6,585

Ford matched the success of the 1967 Cadillac Eldorado with the 1969 Lincoln Mark III. Introduced in April 1968, the car’s rear tire hump revived a styling idea last seen on the 1956 Mark II. Underneath Mark III’s 6-foot hood was a 375-horsepower, 460-cubic-inch V-8. The new model was popular; almost 31,000 units were sold, 84 percent with a vinyl roof. America’s automotive design aesthetic was turning baroque.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120701/AUTO03/207010303#ixzz1zTM6n2mx

Beach Boys at Pine Knob…

Band leader Brian Wilson of the rock and roll band “The Beach Boys” poses for a portrait in Los Angeles, CA circa 1967

Beach Boys Kick Off 50th Anniversary Tour in Tucson

42-song set features trademark harmonies, a slew of beach balls

by: Mike Powell

The Beach Boys perform during their 50th Anniversary Tour Opener in Tuscon, Arizona.

Mike Moore/Getty Images

You probably could’ve guessed it was a Beach Boys show just by the shirts the men in the audience wore: Collared, short-sleeved and oversized, with palm trees, hibiscus flowers and nautical gear printed all over them. At the back of the stage, surfboards were lined up like Grecian columns on either side of a huge video screen. It wasn’t until midway through the band’s second set that Mike Love acknowledged what half the people in the audience must’ve been thinking: “It’s, uh, been a little while since we’ve all been on tour together.”

This year, the Beach Boys turn 50. Until the Grammys this past February, Brian Wilson, the band’s troubled heart, hadn’t been on stage with the rest of them since 1996. The tour kickoff last night at the Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater in Tucson was, in that sense, a milestone: not only a marker of their anniversary, but of a public reconciliation between Wilson and the band’s other surviving original members: Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, David Marks and Wilson’s cousin, Mike Love.

It’s not until a band like the Beach Boys runs through their hits back-to-back in rapid succession that you realize just how many hits they’ve had. Over the course of nearly two and a half hours, they played an astonishing 42 songs, many of them medley-style, with nearly no banter in between. Amid the most familiar stuff – “California Girls,” “Surfin’ Safari,” “Good Vibrations” – were a healthy number of deep cuts and covers, including “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” and Phil Spector’s “Then He Kissed Me,” which Jardine probably wisely rephrased as “Then I Kissed Her.” There were also two uncanny video appearances by Carl and Dennis Wilson, both of whom died years ago. (Dennis “sang” “Forever,” while Carl took on “God Only Knows,” a song Brian wrote for him on 1966’s Pet Sounds.) And about halfway through the second set, something new showed up: A reflective midtempo ballad called “That’s Why God Made the Radio” – a moment that, like so much of the band’s best music, elevated the adolescent to the divine.

Onstage, Mike Love was a low-key kind of showboat, stepping back and forth with the beat, miming the revving of a motorcycle engine on “Little Honda” and hugging his elbows when he sang “and the northern girls with the way they kiss, they keep their boyfriends warm at night” on “California Girls.” Brian seemed placid and stone-faced, sitting at the bench of a large white grand piano. “Ladies and gentlemen, Brian Wilson,” Al Jardine said after “This Whole World,” at which point the crowd rose to their feet in reverence as he sat, blinking. In a sense, Love and Wilson have always been spiritual opposites: Brian wanted to escape to the solace of his bed on “In My Room”; Mike wanted to escape to the solace of tropical beaches on “Kokomo.” They are as strange a pair as they’ve ever been, but it’s their balance – between Brian’s quiet yearning and Mike’s inability to have anything short of a good time – that creates the band’s strange chemistry.

And while this was in some ways a show about Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys are a highly professional enterprise that depend on highly professional people. At any given time there were between six and fifteen hands on stage, including multitaskers on various saxophones and someone to pick up the French horn on “God Only Knows,” the harmonica on “Heroes and Villains” and the theremin for “Good Vibrations.” Oh, and do that singing thing they do, too.

Considering it was the first night of a semi-momentous reunion tour, there wasn’t a whole lot of sentimentality going back and forth, which isn’t to say the band didn’t care about each other, only that they probably cared about the audience more. There were moments, though, between the childhood photographs of the band flashing on the big screen and the brief congratulations they gave each other between songs, that the weight of their history together was felt. At the end of “When I Grow Up (To Be a Man),” Al Jardine looked at the floor, shook his head and laughed. In the 50 years between then and now, they’d grown up.

Throughout the night, a security guard patiently collected beach balls that had traveled through the crowd, stockpiling them behind a large speaker at stage right. By the end of the second set, the pile had reached halfway up the speakers to the jumbo screen, where Brian’s white grand piano lingered on the screen for a second, then disappeared. During the encore he batted them back into the crowd, one by one.

“Do It Again”
“Catch A Wave”
“Don’t Back Down”
“Surfin’ Safari”
“Surfer Girl”
“The Little Girl I Once Knew”
“Then He Kissed Me” (Phil Spector/The Crystals)
“This Whole World”
“Why Do Fools Fall in Love” (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers)
“When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)”
“You’re So Good to Me”
“In Them Old Cottonfields Back Home”
“Be True to Your School”
“Disney Girls”
“Please Let Me Wonder”
“Don’t Worry Baby”
“Little Honda”
“Little Deuce Coupe”
“Shut Down”
“I Get Around”
“Sloop John B”
“Wouldn’t It Be Nice”
“Sail On Sailor”
“Heroes and Villains”
“In My Room”
“All This Is That”
“God Only Knows”
“That’s Why God Made the Radio”
“California Dreaming” (The Mamas and the Papas)
“California Girls”
“Dance Dance Dance”
“All Summer Long”
“Help Me Rhonda”
“Rock and Roll Music” (Chuck Berry)
“Barbara Ann”
“Surfin’ U.S.A.”

“Good Vibrations”
“Fun Fun Fun”

The Who undercover of The Beach Boys…

Barbra Ann

Getcha Back

Please Let Me Wonder

Sail On Sailor

Kiss Me Baby

Forever (featuring lead vocals by Dennis Wilson)

Disney Girls (1957) (featuring lead vocals by Bruce Johnston)




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