HEY PUDGE! APOLOGIZE TO YOUR TEAMMATES
Pudge Rodriguez owes the Tigers an apology.
It was a selfish move that he missed Friday's rained out game in Kansas City because of problems flying back from Columbia to Kansas City.
They won't tell us what happened because they don't want the truth out.
Pudge was in South America chillin, having a good time and romping around on a private jet. He wanted time away from the Tigers during his four game suspension in part because he is not happy with the direction of the team.
The suspension for bumping an umpire is lifted now and the Tigers expected him Friday. They wanted him in Toronto, taking batting practice and staying sharp. Teammates also expected him to be with them.
It is true he got club permission to leave. But only after President Dave Dombrowski and manager Alan Trammell said no. Pudge then went to owner Mike Ilitch who told him to get out of town and relax.
Ilitch knows Pudge is angry and this was his way of trying to patch things up and let a high profile player he needs go and enjoy himself.
Despite the gesture I still wonder if Pudge will ask the club for a trade in the offseason.
Unfortunately, the Tigers need him more than he needs the Tigers. He can find another team to go to and find success.
The Tigers would be hard-pressed to find another marquee name they can market things around and try to lure free agents here. Pudge is the face of the Tigers. If he leaves then they are starting from scratch in many regards.
He is upset but Pudge should close the doors to the media today, face his teammates, an admit he was wrong.