DID WE OVERREACT TO TRAM DECISION?
We were screaming and hollering, bumping and thumping.
The Sports Inferno Wednesday morning turned into a bash, can, dump and fire Alan Trammell fest. The night before, the Tigers blew a 3-2 lead in the ninth inning of a 10-7 loss to Boston when Tram replaced pitcher Nate Robertson.
Robertson was cruising along on a two-hitter after 90 pitches. David Ortiz of the Sox hit a home run off Fernando Rodney and the flood gates opened in the 10th.
People were livid and they viewed that game as the lightening rod to fire Tram. It was a terrible loss and a shakened Tram challenged the media by saying there were no guarantees if he left Robertson in.
And then we jumped Tram like a drunk in the parking lot.
Do you fire a man based off one game of a miserable season?
The answer is no. That is why I am not in favor of midseason firings unless things are totally out of hand.
You should never allow emotion to get the better of you. Decisions this big should be based on good sound judgment -- not hot-headed emotion.
If the Tigers feel he is not the man, they should all sit down at the end of the season and decide. My guess is he returns for 2006. But if the Tigers do want a new man they need to be careful.
You do not can a man who means so much to the community. The blow must be softened with a front-office position.
I am also convinced there are two sets of Tiger fans. There are the emotion ones who call radio shows and there are the more level-headed ones who attend games. While the radio fans wanted Tram's head a good chunk at the game did not.