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Monday, July 25, 2011

'Pure Michigan' spoof attacks inexplicable love for Brandon Inge

Fans sure do love Brandon Inge. Well, at least until the past few weeks. After Inge was sent to Toledo for reassignment, a Pure Michigan spoof (you've seen those, right?) surfaced about fans' undeserved love for the weak hitting third baseman.

What the video manages to do, however, in a not-so-subtle fashion, is lambaste the Tigers' fanbase for their support for a largely underachieving Inge, rather than more accomplished Latino players. The subject even spurred a Twitter debate between beat writers following Inge's demotion.
Some argue Inge's popularity remained constant because he's an English-speaking white player. I think more of his favoritism comes from his playful nature and the fact he's been with the organization for more than 10 years. He was part of the not-so-lovable losers of 2003 and got bounced around like a pinball in the early years. He fought off trade rumors numerous times and never took it out on fans who chided him for his poor hitting. He's a comeback story. If you know anything about Americans, they like the underdog. That's Pure Brandon Inge.
Whatever you want to believe about Inge's popularity, there's still a strong chance he returns thanks to his hefty contract and the fact nobody else wants him. Except for Tigers fans, that is.


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