Jeremy Bonderman Draws a Crowd in West Michigan

Matt SCorrespondent IMay 17, 2009

NEW YORK - AUGUST 19:  Jeremy Bonderman #38 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the New York Yankees on August 19, 2007 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Bonderman's coming!

The news rippled through Grand Rapids midweek and tickets began to disappear. Nothing gets a minor league city quite as excited as the prospect of a big leaguer making an appearance in their park.

The West Michigan fans showed their support for Jeremy and the Detroit Tigers by filling the house on Saturday night. A standing room only crowd of over 10,000 cheered as Jeremy took the hill in the first inning.

I was inside the park as well; couldn't miss the opportunity to see one of my Tigers play. 

Jeremy Bonderman didn't disappoint us. He lasted seven innings, longer than it took me to finish a Fifth Third Burger (don't worry, I split it with someone). Bondo scattered six hits and struck out four batters en route to recording the win.

The good news for Jeremy was that he was around the strike zone all night. He only walked one batter and rarely went to two or three ball counts. The bad news was that I never noticed him top 86 miles per hour on the stadium gun.

Perhaps the gun was slow.

We went home happy Saturday night.  We were happy about the win, happy for the opportunity to see one of our favorite stars, and happy that Jeremy is one step closer to getting back with the big club.