Stay Classy, Joe Nathan

by Jason Epstein

When the Tigers signed free agent Joe Nathan to a $14-million, two-year contract, a 5.11 ERA and 4.91 BB/9 wasn’t what the club — or the fans, for that matter — had in mind for the new closer.

After finishing last night’s game, an 8–4 victory over the visiting Pirates, Nathan gave the Comerica faithful a rather dismissive gesture I occasionally witnessed while growing up in Brooklyn. 

Mark Townsend of Yahoo’s Big League Stew has the details here, including the not-safe-for-work imagery.

Nathan subsequently apologized for making the gesture, according to