Rod Allen

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The greatest blunders, like the thickest ropes, are often compounded of a multitude of strands. Take the rope apart, separate it into the small threads that compose it, and you can break them one by one. You think, "That is all there was!" But twist them all together and you have something tremendous.
Victor Hugo
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Rod Allen (October 5, 1959) is a television broadcaster for the Detroit Tigers.

Referring to Specific Players

  • "I was talking to Craig Monroe at batting practice"
    • Every game in 2006
  • "WOOOO, Thats a big fly!"
    • 2004, after Eric Munson hit a walkoff homerun.
  • "Go on with yo' bad self baby-boy "
    • August 3, 2006 after Craig Monroe homers
  • "Craig did it again! (long pause and then high screech) He did it again!"
    • August 4, 2006 after Craig Monroe hits a game winning home run
  • "He is getting busy. B-I-Z-Z-Y busy!"
    • August 3, 2006 After Monroe home run
  • "From the neck up, he's one of the best Tigers."
    • August 5, 2006 Referring to second baseman Placido Polanco
  • "Nothin's gonna derail this Motown train. Not this year."
    • August 7, 2006 after Marcus Thames homers
  • "Let's see what Thames can do..."
    • Every game he has ever announced where Marcus Thames has played.
  • "That aint fair"
    • Anytime Joel Zumaya carves someone up.
  • "The Tigers are dirty...dirty,dirty,dirty!"
    • After a Craig Monroe Bases Loaded Double
  • "C-Mo's gettin' himself some ribeyes!"
    • Rod referring to Tigers OF Craig Monroe's home run capabilities.
  • "Oh no he didn’t! Oh no he didn’t! When you hit 'em that far, you have to dial up a different area code, partner"
    • August 16, 2006. Rod Allen's call on a Brent Clevlen HR that left Fenway Park
  • "HE DID IT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!...."WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOWEEEEEEEEEEE"
    • August 30th on a Craig Monroe Home Run at Yankee stadium in the top of the 9th to put the tigers up 5-3
  • "You can't sneak cheese by a rat."
    • Rod after Carlos Guillen's walk-off home run on September 12, 2006.
  • "Bonderman has Mr. Snappy working for him tonight."
    • Any time Detroit Tiger Pitcher Jeremy Bonderman is using his slider effectively.
  • "That's a bingo number!"
    • Referring to Fernando Rodney's sub 100 Opposing Batting Average, .093 (O-93)
  • "Some Grilli Cheese"
    • Refering to Tigers relief pitcher Jason Grilli
  • "Whoa, get the married men off the infield!"
    • After Magglio hit a comebacker at John Smoltz in Spring Training 2007
  • "Go ahead on Polly!!!"
    • Referring to a Placido Polanco home run.
  • "Boy put a little mustard on that hotdog"
    • June 12, 2007 referring to a Neifi Pérez throw to turn a double play (which ended up saving Justin Verlander's no hitter).

"He got all in his kitchen, watch out for the splinters son"

    • June 15, 2007 against Philly when Bobby Seay pitched Howard inside and shattered his bat.
  • "Whoa Marcus Thames, get the big dog out, whoa ho he didn't"
    • July 08, 2007 when marcus hit a big homer in the 3rd
  • "That one hit him! IN THE HEAD!"
    • Referring to a play when the Tigers played the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and a wild throw home by Carl Crawford hit a Devil Rays pitcher in the head.
  • "Well, you know, it's one of those things where you're driving to the airport, and you get a phone call telling you Dmitri Young has been released."
    • On the pre-game show, the day after Dmitri Young was released in 2006.
  • "Loooooooooove Granderson's song...old school...a little Tupac."
    • In 2007, interrupting Mario, who was talking about Mike Rabelo's at-bat song.
  • "Oh, he's a big boy, He's got Light-Tower Power."
    • Describing Texas 1B/DH Jason Botts during the April 23, 2008 game against the Rangers. When Mario asked if that was a new one, Rod said, "Oh yeah. I just thought that one up."
  • "Ryan. Raburn. Stop It!...Stop It!"
    • After OF Ryan Raburn crushed a pinch hit home run about 400 feet in the top of the 8th inning during the June 17, 2008 game against at San Francisco."
  • "Oh he'll [Thames] be in the lineup tomorrow. Barry Zito's pitchin'. If Sandy Koufax was pitchin', he'd be playin'. Bob Gibson too."
    • June 17th, 2008, After OF Marcus Thames hit his 5th home run in as many games.
  • "I think his defense gets overlooked because everyone says he can't play out there."
    • June 18, 2008, after Mario Impemba suggests Marcus Thames' defense gets overlooked because of his power.
  • "If you're scared get a dog."
    • Rod referring to a clutch steal by Carlos Guillen.
  • "OH NO HE DIDN'T! THATS WHERE THE BIG BOYS GO TO SCHOOL!"
    • Rod after Matt Joyce hit a homerun to dead center field (420) in Comerica Park

Talking with Mario Impemba

  • "Its gonna be a fun summer padnuh"
    • 2006, twice every spring and summer game.
  • "I look like a big ol' fluffy linebacker right there partner"
    • 2006, refering to a fan sign featuring cut-out pictures of Rod and Mario Impemba.
  • "Well that means a lot coming from a college educated man like yourself, partner."
    • Rod often refers to his partner, Mario Impemba, as a "College educated man," even though Rod himself is college educated.
  • "His name is Luigi and his middle name is Mario...and he's a brother."
    • Rod talking about one of his cousins after he and Mario were discussing a fan-made Mario & Luigi sign.
  • "I told you guys in the third don't go anywhere, I told you! Woohoo."
    • Rod talking to Mario about the Tiger's come from behind victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on April 14th, 2007. Mario then calls Rod a prophet.
  • Mario: Look at that bat!
 Rod: Well it died a hero!
  • "I have to think there are a looooooot of people out there who ain't feelin' no pain."
    • Rod referring to the spectators at Comerica Park, March 31st, 2008.
  • Mario: "...brought to you by Fruit of the Loom."

Rod: "I wear those."
Mario (paraphrased): "More than I needed to know."
Rod: "Tighty whities."

"Rod-isms" and Various Analysis

  • "He got in his kitchen and went in his refrigerator...and got a cold beverage."
    • After a Tigers pitcher pitched inside and broke an opposing player's bat
  • "Well, it died a hero..."
    • Whenever a player breaks a bat, and gets a hit on that swing.
  • "They're beating him like he stole something"
    • Whenever the Tigers are dominating an opposing pitcher.
  • "They brought out the whippin' sticks tonight.."
    • Anytime the Tigers hit a pitcher real hard
  • "It really is hit or miss."
    • Rod breaking down the strategy that accompanies every Major League at bat.
  • "That boy is country strong"
    • Whenever Marcus Thames hits a long home run.
  • "Let's take a look now at the Comcast High Speed Pitch"
  • "Here, you just got to throw him a fastball and hope he hits it at someone." (grand slam) "Oh, my goodness."
    • 2008, with game tied 1-1 in the 8th, just prior to Jason Kubel (Minnesota Twins) grand slam.
  • "He has been blessed by the good Lord upstairs with a lot of athletic ability."
    • 2008, referring to Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins.