A few weeks ago all Joe Nathan heard from the fans at Comerica Park were boos and cat-calls. He heard something completely different Tuesday. “I think we are making up,” he said after he worked a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his 28th save, preserving a 5-2 win over the Yankees. As Nathan was preparing to face Carlos Beltran to lead off the inning, fans began chanting, “Let’s go Joe,” and continued it as he struck Beltran out, then got Martin Prado and Stephen Drew to ground out. “I did hear them,” he said. “Actually for a second I sat there and kind of enjoyed it. Then I told myself, ‘All right, make it some white noise and get back to work.’ ” Nathan is steadily distancing himself from the chin-flick gesture he gave the fans as he walked off the field on Aug. 13. “I said it wouldn’t happen overnight,” Nathan said. “But at least I’ve been trying to give the fans a little perspective and kind of show them who I am. I am not an evil person that did what he did a little bit ago. “But the name of the game is getting the job done. Ultimately that’s what the fans want.” Nathan has saved four straight and 13 out of 14 since June 21.
Tigers closer Joe Nathan returns to fans' good graces by slamming door on Yankees
Detroit News | Aug 27