Down two games to none to the San Francisco Giants, the Detroit Tigers have to wake up today saying “Look, if you had one shot, one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment would you capture it or just let it slip? Yo “
Detroit may be in dire straits financially but they’ve come along way with their baseball team and its fans. The biggest rock star of the 2000s got off drugs, got custody of his daughter, made two recent albums that have been his most critically acclaimed, and also picked up some sort of baseball skill. A few days, before Detroit dropped the first two World Series games in San Francisco, the 39-year-old, the 5’8″ 155lb, Motor City native and die-hard Tigers backer, known as Marshall “Eminem” Mathers, invited the local squad’s All-Star first-baseman, Prince Fielder to his 8 Mile studio. Watch the video. Prince thinks Em is just cheering him on saying “let’s go, yo”. But he counters with, “nah, man, I mean let’s go. I’m ready, to pitch hit. I can pitch, too.”
At first this seems really ridiculous. But after watching the Tigers terrible situational hitting and bad pitching, maybe an appearance by The Real Slim Shady, either as a relief pitcher or mid-inning pinch-hitter isn’t such a bad idea. If they do it in Detroit, the crowd would be so crazy, maybe a Giants player is rattled enough to give them a break.
Marshall’s evolution from trailer park troublemaker to Rap game’s middle-aged superstar spokesperson is remarkable. When you consider he stills lives in the hapless area, does car ads to help the local economy, and now providing his tongue-in-cheek services as the ultimate fan, Eminem, the guy who once talked about killing his baby’s mama, is an actual grown-up.
It’s obvious he’s not afraid to put himself out there in more mature way. But judging from his signing attempts on the last two albums, I’m going to advise him to throw out the first pitch but let other favorite Detroit sons like Ted Nugent or Iggy Pop or Alice Cooper handle the national anthem.
It’s hard to not cheer for the Detroit Tigers to win the Series. It would bring a lot of temporary joy to a spirit-ravaged area. But if the Giants step on those hopes, at least Eminem has his hometown’s back.
Back to the lab again, yo.