And, that he did a number of times!
Todd Jones announced today that he plans to retire at the end of this season. After sixteen season’s in the big’s, he’s calling it quits. He made the announcement in a column he writes for The Sporting News.
Here’s a part of what he wrote…
“If you’re a Tigers fan, I’ll never stress you out again. If you’re not a Tigers fan, you’ll never have me as your ace in the hole, convinced I’ll blow a lead against your team.”
I kind of feel bad for him.
There’s no doubt that “Roller Coaster Jones” gave us some rather stressful ninth innings. He always seemed to be able to get the first two outs with ease and then after that, well, we never knew exactly how it would end.
There’s no doubt in my mind that when he came out of the bullpen – after throwing that water bottle to the wayside – he was convinced he could do the job! Many times he did! He saved 37 games in 2006 and 38 in 2007. He’s the Tigers career leader in saves with 235.
I was at Comerica Park on the night of August 15. We played the Orioles that night and lost 11-2. Jones came in to replace Casey Fossum. It was nothing short of a disaster. Although, it wasn’t entirely his fault. A Cabrera error and a Polanco error didn’t do us any favors. Jonesy barely made it through 2/3 of the inning, though. He lowered his head as he walked off the field. Halfway to the dugout, the boo-birds let him have it.
I felt as if it was the last time I’d see him in a ballgame.
As it turns out, I was right.
Well, as of right now the Tigers are losing to the Royals in the middle of the seventh, 9-0.
I can’t watch this anymore.
Sooo, the Dodgers are playing tonight at 10:10ET.
They play the Padres.
Joe Torre is sending Clayton Kershaw out to face Shawn Estes.
The Dodgers magic number is down to 3 in the NL West.
I’ll watch that!