Detroit -- Detroit Tigers fans no longer have Brandon Inge to kick around anymore.
The Tigers released Inge after Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners, ending an era that started on April 3, 2001, when Inge made his major league debut at catcher on Opening Day.
In fact, I had a weird flashback to that day, standing next to Inge's locker before he spoke. That first day there was a huge crowd waiting for Inge at his locker. Everyone wanted to talk to the rookie who had just thrown out two guys trying to steal. On Thursday, it was Inge who was waiting for everyone.
Inge was always incredibly gracious with the media and Thursday was no exception.
"It's one of those things you can kind of see how things are going before they come," he said. "But it's no hard feelings whatsoever. This is my family, this is where I've been my whole career.
"I'll miss the guys, I will. But I have a chance to go play maybe somewhere else. It may be a good thing, a good start for me personally bu...