For the next several weeks we’ll be rolling out our list of the best The Moment’s of 2013. The list is the product of winnowing down 173 moments from April to October into the best twenty. They vary in their importance but all captivated us in an important way. A few are silly, a few are excellent plays, and a few will travel down in Tigers lore. I hope you enjoy it.
#8 – The Iglesias Play
Losing your starting shortstop during a pennant chase is suboptimal, but Dave Dombrowski took it as a chance to find a new, long-term solution at the position. He went for defense. He traded Avi Garcia for Jose Iglesias. This was less than two weeks after the trade. You knew he was good already, but you didn’t quite appreciate it until you saw something like this. I’ve heard a scout say that Iglesias is what “an 80 glove looks like” and another say that he was “absolutely” better than Andrelton Simmons. Absolutely. Now the latter scout is in the minority, but when you hear that, you perk up your ears. Whatever, you don’t need me to keep typing, I’m just filling space so that this post is more aesthetically pleasing. I think I watched this play fifty times within 24 hours. Enjoy.