Monthly Archives: December 2014

’84 Tigers Toss Out First Pitch

Well, it’s the last post of 2014.

Here are Alan Trammell, Lou Whitaker, and Dave Bergman tossing out the first pitch before a Detroit Tigers game this past June 30th.

Hope everybody has a fantastic holiday season.  I’ll be back here in just a couple weeks as I start a very special countdown heading towards the 1984 replay.

And don’t forget – today is exactly 100 days until the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals meet on a Sunday night to kick off the 2015 MLB season.

Normally I look at that Sunday night game as sacrilege.  The first game of the year should always be during the day on the first Monday in April.  But coming from a Cubs family, I’m going to make an exception this year.



30th Anniversary Celebration of ’84 Tigers

Surviving members of the 1984 Detroit Tigers hit the field at Comerica Park on June 30th of this year, commemorating the 30th anniversary of their World Series victory.

Will they repeat in my replay?

We’ll have to wait and see.

64 games and a possible postseason await them.

Here’s the article along with a 27-minute video.  Visiting were pitchers Doug Bair, Juan Berenguer, Dan Petry and Dave Rozema, outfielders Rod Allen and John Grubb, infielders Doug Baker, Dave Bergman, Tommy Brookens, Darrell Evans, Barbaro Garbey, Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker (in a fancy hat, no less).

I know some of these guys aren’t even carded by Strat-o-Matic, so you won’t necessarily see them making headlines on this site, but it’s still good to see them out there.

MLB Tonight: 1984 Detroit Tigers

Well this here is pretty awesome.

On May 20th of this year, the crew over at MLB Tonight did an 8 minute reflection on the magical season that was put in by the 1984 Detroit Tigers.

Seriously, I’ve tabled this ’84 replay for a few weeks now as I rolled out some “winter sports”, including an 8-team NHL tournament, 8-team NFL mini-season, and a 6-team NBA tournament.

But every time I come across a video like this, it gets me jonesin’ to dive back into the thing.

And that’s coming soon, I promise.

Sorry for the late post today.  I have about 100 items that are already “post-dated” to auto-publish on certain dates across the next two years, but there are a few here that aren’t set up that way and I need to actually come in here to manually type them in.

I’m really looking forward to what followers are going to see during 2015.

Here’s hoping for a great year.

Here’s the video:

Alan Trammell reminisces on the ’84 Series

Today’s 1984 MLB Flashback is from Detroit Tigers’ shortstop, Alan Trammell, as he looks back on the Series.

In my “Not 1984 MLB” sim life, I wrapped up my first round of the 2010-11 NHL Tournament and was reminded again why I think that is Strat-o-Matic’s 2nd best offering.  Solid game engine that allows me to get a game done in somewhere between 30 and 40 minutes.

First round results, for those who care to know:

  • Vancouver sweeps Chicago, 3-0
  • Anaheim sweeps Detroit, 3-0
  • Boston defeats Toronto, 3-2
  • Montreal defeats NY Rangers, 3-2

There were a few crazy games in there.  The Western Conference series were not close at all.  In the East, Toronto eked out two wins in overtime, but outside of those the Bruins completely out-played them – their wins were routinely by 3 or more goals.

The Canadiens/Rangers series was a classic, ending in a double-overtime game.  Henrik Lundqvist and Carey Price were both outstanding.

Looking forward to my Conference Finals series, probably to be played sometime later this month.

That is all!