Our roster is top-heavy, but our best players are just not as good as Detroit's.
DeAza v. Jackson?
Dunn v. Cabrera?
Paulie v. Fielder?
Viciedo v. Delmon Young?
Even Andy Dirks is out-performing Rios, for a lot less money.
That's not a choke.
We have better fielders, but we neuter that advantage by surrendering so many walks.
That is the very definition of a choke.
The universe is the practical joke of the General at the expense of the Particular, quoth Frater Perdurabo, and laughed. The disciples nearest him wept, seeing the Universal Sorrow. Others laughed, seeing the Universal Joke. Others wept. Others laughed. Others wept because they couldn't see the Joke, and others laughed lest they should be thought not to see the Joke. But though FRATER laughed openly, he wept secretly; and really he neither laughed nor wept. Nor did he mean what he said.