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Alan Trammell’s number retired by the Tigers

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There are a lot of real injustices and tragedies in the world. Then there are those not-real injustices which bug a person and that, though it is embarrassing to admit, take up more mental real estate than some of the actual injustices.

For example, I have long been concerned about the rainforests. Terrible business, that. I’d be lying, however, if I thought as much about the rain forests as I’ve thought about how wrong it was for the Detroit Tigers to let Gary Sheffield and Ian Kinsler wear Alan Trammell’s number three since Trammell retired after the 1996 season.

OF COURSE that’s not as important as the rainforests. I would never suggest such a thing! I’m just saying that it’s a thing that has occupied more of my brain’s displeasure centers than some other, more pressing problems facing the world, such as the rainforests. And, um, the whales. And nuclear proliferation. Jeez, will you cut me some slack here? We are all animals of limited capabilities in the grand scheme of things, and all of us have some limited concerns that can obscure the grander scheme.

I have one less of those today, though, because the Tigers finally did the right thing and retired Trammell’s number three yesterday. The video of the whole ceremony is below.

Given my feelings about Alan Trammell — which I’ve written about many, many times in the past — I’m not even gonna pretend to be objective here, so allow me to simply say that this is a long overdue honor. Yes, I realize the Tigers have a rule about not retiring numbers unless a guy makes the Hall of Fame, but that’s a dumb rule and Trammell should’ve been the last guy to wear it. Likewise, just because the Hall of Fame electorate has, thus far, been too dumb to put Lou Whitaker in doesn’t mean lesser talents like Jose Iglesias should be allowed to wear his number 1.

Now, perhaps I’ll try to squeeze in some thoughts about the rainforests between now and lunch.

Fan hit by foul ball during Sunday’s Rockies-Dodgers game

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Another fan was struck by a line drive foul ball during Sunday’s game between the Rockies and Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Mike DiGiovanna and Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times report. The ball was hit by Cody Bellinger in the first inning, going just beyond where the protective netting ends at the first-base dugout, striking a young woman in the head. Play was delayed for two minutes while the woman received medical attention. She initially stayed in her seat holding an ice pack to her head but was taken to a hospital for evaluation. According to someone in the Dodger Stadium first-aid office, the girl was alert and responding.

After the game, Bellinger said, “It was weird. It’s the first time I think I’ve hit a fan. I saw it literally hit her face. That was tough. I just tried to regroup. I’m sure it was tough for everyone.” He added, “I went over the next half-inning just to make sure she was all right. She said she was all right. She gave me a thumbs up. Obviously, it’s a scary situation.”

Both Bellinger and manager Dave Roberts expressed support for extending the protective netting at Dodger Stadium.

Bellinger was involved in yet another incident involving a fan later in the game. According to Michael Duarte of NBC Los Angeles, a 14-year-old girl ran on the field in the ninth inning. Bellinger said the girl came up to him and said, “I want a hug.” As she hugged Bellinger, a security guard tackled her. Bellinger said to her, “You know you’re going to jail?” She replied, “Yeah, I know. It was worth it.”