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Detroit Tigers Closer Joe Nathan Reads Mean Tweets About Himself (Video)

Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan is having an off year. Fans had high hopes for Nathan when he signed a two-year, $20 million contract with the team this past offseason, but things quickly turned around. Nathan — who currently has the seventh-most saves in MLB history at 369 — has seen his ERA skyrocket to 5.25 from 1.39 last season with the Texas Rangers. And fans have been...
Via NESN.com
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Joe Nathan Reads Mean Tweets…About Joe Nathan

Joe Nathan’s heard just about everything from Tigers fans this season. Channeling his inner Jimmy Kimmel,  97.1 FM The Ticket’s Jeff Riger recently went in to the Tigers clubhouse and had Nathan read angry tweets about himself as tweeted by fans. The video is priceless, and actually good to see. Despite Nathan’s 5.25 ERA, he’s actually 5th in the American League in saves...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nathan moves into 7th place on all-time saves list

There is a certain moxie that comes with being a closer in Major League Baseball. The closer is tasked with preserving the team's lead -- a precious and sometimes fleeting position -- during the last crucial moments of a game. And those final three outs, commonly thought of as the toughest outs in a whole game, are charged with anxious energy. The game's outcome is on the...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nathan pitches perfect ninth, finishes crucial victory for Tigers

DETROIT -- Everyone knew that Derek Jeter was going to get a huge ovation when he batted for the first time in Tuesday night's game. The unexpected ovation was the one for Joe Nathan. A sold-out Comerica Park crowd, which had waited out a 68-minute rain delay before the first pitch, chanted "Let's Go Joe" as the embattled Tigers closer retired the first batter of...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
2 days ago  |  Discuss

By The Numbers: Joe Nathan needs to improve for Tigers to have shot at postseason

It’s no secret that Joe Nathan has struggled this season. On the mound, he’s posting a career worse 5.36 ERA, and with more than a month left in the regular season, has tied his career high with 6 blown saves. Off the mound, he’s been dealing with fan frustration. A few obscene gestures towards a mocking Comerica Park crowd has put Nathan in the news for all the wrong reasons...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Verlander and the Tigers avoid the sweep in the double-header

After giving up a total of 32 runs the first two games of the series, the Tigers and an overused bullpen buckled down and managed to squeak out an 8-6 win over the Twins Saturday night avoiding the sweep in the day/night double-header. Verlander, making his first start since an inflamed shoulder held him out of his last start wasn’t spectacular by any means but did enough to give...
Via The Majors Detroit
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Joe Nathan edition

The Detroit Tigers have one of the worst bullpens in all of baseball and for pitcher Joe Nathan who was supposed to be the man who manager Brad Ausmus could count on, the 39-year-old pitcher has been far from reliable. After last night’s performance again the Tampa Bay Rays giving up a run and leaving two men on base, I have officially given up on Nathan. In the last eight appearances...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Lions' Raiola responds to Manziel's gesture: Enjoy the Fed Ex

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Before Joe Nathan gave Detroit Tigers' fans "the chin flick" and Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny "Football" Manziel "flipped the bird" to the Washington Redskins' sideline, there was Dominic Raiola. Raiola, entering his 14th season as a center for the Detroit Lions, has had his share of run-ins over the years, including when...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Nathan picks up emotional save Saturday

DETROIT -- Joe Nathan has saved 366 games in his career, but none of them might have been more emotional than Saturday night against Seattle. Pitching for the first time since Wednesday's profane gesture directed at the Comerica Park fans that had booed him, Nathan had a shaky ninth inning, but picked up his 25th save despite allowing a run. "I still feel absolutely terrible...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2014.119: Mariners at Tigers

The scorching hot Mariners roll into the D tonight, winners of 4 in a row and 8 out of their last 10. In fact, the Mariners are 9-3 in the Austin Jackson era, and he recently accounted for all 4 RBIs in a 4-2 Mariners win. The Tigers counter with an impressive streak of their own, having won 2 in a row, 2 out of their last 6, and 3 out of their last 9. What looked like an innocuous...
Via Tigers Weblog
13 days ago  |  Discuss

The Swami Speaks Out! The Tigers = Bad News Bears

NOTE: The views expressed in this EDITORIAL do not necessarily reflect the views of Detroit Sports Nation or a majority of its writers and should not be misconstrued as such. The views contained within are the views of the author and the author alone. This may be a hard pill for many to swallow. The Tigers play as of late has been like that of a team in Williamsport, PA right now...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Nathan apologizes to Tigers fans for rude gesture, says, ‘I will be better’ (video)

An already-beleagured Joe Nathan found himself in the center of a swirling controversy in light of the “Chin Flick” gesture he appeared to direct at Detroit Tigers fans following a so-so appearance in the team’s 8-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday at Comerica Park. Nathan took his medicine on Thursday, apologizing for the […] The post Joe Nathan apologizes to...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers closer Nathan apologizes

Joe Nathan apologized on Thursday morning for making two obscene gestures toward frustrated Detroit Tigers fans after his outing on Wednesday. Nathan, the team's closer, was booed when he walked the first two batters he faced in the ninth inning but did not allow a run in the 8-4 victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates. "Hearing it the whole inning just got the better...
Via Pro Sports Daily
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Nathan apologizes for gesture directed at Tigers fans

Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan and his relationship with the home crowd has been rocky — to say the least —  this season. But the frustration finally boiled over the for the 39-year-old Wednesday night. Nathan, who is in the midst of a career-worst season in his first year with the Tigers, was booed upon taking the mound in the ninth inning with Detroit leading the Pittsburgh...
Via NESN.com
14 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Joe Nathan apologizes for gesture towards fans

Tigers closer Joe Nathan sure hasn’t won over Tigers fans this season with his subpar play and apparent gesture last night telling the Comerica Crowd to eff off. Well today, the veteran closer is trying to make nice with an apology and reiterating that he has ‘no hard feelings’ towards the fans. h/t: Matthew B. Mowery
Via The Majors Detroit
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Nathan Apologizes, Tigers Fans Have Mixed Feelings

Tigers closer Joe Nathan apologized to Tigers fans today for the chin-flick gesture he gave the Tigers fans in last night’s game. Nathan said he could feel the fans frustration right from the first pitch and that he needs to set a better example for his kids. “I do understand their frustrations and apologize,” Nathan said today. “Frustration got the better of me. I will...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers Notes: Nathan apologizes for gesture, 'frustrations came out'

DETROIT -- Joe Nathan was ready to face the music when he arrived in the clubhouse Thursday morning. A video of Nathan offering a chin flick to the fans started circulating after Wednesday night's win. The trouble began for an already edgy fan base when Nathan came on for the ninth inning and walked the first two batters. "It was a lot of frustration on the fans' part...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2014.119: Pirates at Tigers

It was a heartwarming scene as young Buck Farmer, almost fresh from A ball, took the mound last night with friends and family cheering him on. Buck did a reasonable job, keeping the Tigers in the game through 5 innings. After the game Farmer was optioned to Toledo, and RHP Melvin Mercedes was recalled. You’ll remember that Buck was brought up from AA Erie, so the demotion to Toledo...
Via Tigers Weblog
14 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Tigers-Pirates 8.14.14

Take a look at these videos and photos from Game 4 of the Tigers-Padres four-game, two-city series, including Joe Nathan apologizing for making a gesture toward the fans at Comerica Park on Wednesday. ***If multimedia doesn't appear right away, please click refresh***
Via Fox Sports Detroit
14 days ago  |  Discuss

The Indians as the Anti-Royals

In an unexpected turn of events, the Royals are fighting with the Tigers to try to win the AL Central, which hasn’t escaped your attention. The Tigers have been hurt by Justin Verlander being replaced by Chris Volstad, and by Joe Nathan being also replaced by Chris Volstad. The Royals, meanwhile, have been helped by […]
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Did Joe Nathan really just tell the Comerica Park crowd to eff off?

After walking one, the boo’s started. After walking the second, they flowed. Joe Nathan then induced a game-ending double play. Then Tigers’ fans , Joe has a message for you. h/t: Malinda M.
Via The Majors Detroit
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Nathan appears to make rude ‘Chin Flick’ gesture towards Tigers fans (video)

Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan is suffering through one of the worst seasons of his career. Given his surly conduct following the conclusion of Wednesday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park, he’s had just about enough of hearing about it from the hometown fans. It appeared as players were shaking hands and […] The post Joe Nathan appears to make rude...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
14 days ago  |  Discuss

BizNasty joins "The Buzz"; Kelly Thomas is Fox-y

Social media star and current NHL free agent Paul "BizNasty" Bissonnette gained a lot of attention earlier this week for his extravagant #IceBucketChallenge video, which featured a chopper, a mountain and a speedo. He joined me on a new edition of "The Buzz" to talk about how the video came about (beer was involved), how easy it was to film and how quickly it...
Via Fox Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Nathan Had A Not-So-Nice Gesture For Tigers Fans Last Night

Joe Nathan didn’t have the smoothest night at the office during his relief appearance in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s Tigers-Pirates game. Nathan entered the game and proceeded to put two men on base via walks with Detroit leading Pittsburgh 8-4, and the home crowd was not pleased. Nathan hasn’t exactly had the best season this year and it appears that Tigers fans’ patience...
Via Next Impulse Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit's Joe Nathan flipped off home fans after win against

Tigers closer Joe Nathan, he of the 5.11 ERA has heard boos. He heard them again as he walked two in the 9th against the Pirates last night before getting the game over, 8-4. So he, apparently, flipped off the Detroit fans.Looks like a sort of flip off to me too RT @BWatkins71 So Nathan flips off the fans tonight? Get him outta here! https://t.co/KH51ApA9qy— dennis fithian (@dennisfithian...
Via Bob's Blitz
14 days ago  |  Discuss
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