– RDS (@RDSca) August 17, 2023
Whether it was the aborted deal with the Sharks (he obviously didn’t talk about it again, but we know he said no to a move to California) or his stint with the Habs without really knowing what to expect, Petry was in a state of uncertainty.
And with school starting soon, it’s impossible to imagine that his wife wasn’t too.
It’s all to his credit.
I was worried that the wait would tarnish his reputation as a boss who doesn’t listen to his players. That said, when I heard how he treated Petry(who knew a few days ago that he was headed for Detroit), I had to admit that he did things the right way.
By the way, many (CH) fans who commented on the Red Wings press conference would have liked to see Petry show more respect for Kent Hughes, who was called “the DG of the CH” every time by Petry yesterday.
Anyway. All this to say that, listening to yesterday’s press briefing, more than half the questions were about his father, Dan Petry, rather than about him.
Out of 24 minutes, I’d say the first 12 were about his family, and a few times after that, it was family talk all over again.
That’s not unusual, since Dan Petry was an important figure for the Tigers. He won the 1984 World Series in Michigan, was dominant, came back late in his career and chose to settle in Michigan in retirement.
Today, he works as a game analyst for the Tigers… who, like the Wings, are also controlled by the Illitch family.
All this to say that while it’s only natural that questions about the old man have been asked and many comments about the father have been made by fans, I really feel that for some, this raises expectations.
Whether in sports, politics or any other field, being the “son of” can be tough. And since Petry didn’t have the season of his career in Pittsburgh last year, he’ll have his work cut out for him to pull the Wings up in a competitive division.
Had he been dominant last year, the Penguins would have kept him… and he wouldn’t be on three payrolls right now.
And he’s the only one whose contract has never been bought out → https://t.co/d3sI0L5UiA
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) August 17, 2023
Aside from the fact that both have played in their sport at a high level, Jeff and Dan Petry are not the same. They play a different sport, and while the father can help his son mentally, he can’t help him technically.
But with Petry? Apart from the fact that he’s taking his #46 (which will add to the story… and to the pressure on his shoulders), you can’t compare him with his father the way Detroiters are doing right now.
I don’t blame them. In Michigan, it’s a great story to exploit.
But if people expect Jeff Petry to come along at his age and have the kind of impact his father had – and continues to have – in Detroit, that’s pretty unfair.
Field hockey player Jeff Petry has been traded to the Detroit Red Wings and will wear No. 46, which is the same number his dad, Dan Petry, wore when he played for the Detroit Tigers
Dan Petry pitched for the Tigers from 1979-87 and 1990-91 pic.twitter.com/vQ3HcZn2aG
– MLB Life (@MLBLife) August 17, 2023
After retirement, Dan Petry moved his family back to Michigan. That’s where Petry started playing field hockey in the winter – and baseball in the summer – because even though his father knew nothing about field hockey, he knew it was big in Michigan.
That’s when Jeff became a fan of the Red Wings and Tigers, and ultimately chose to continue in field hockey, which turned out to be an excellent decision in the end.
That’s why it’s a bit ironic that Petry turned down a deal in California. I understand that it’s mainly a question of distance for the Michigan-based player, but still.
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– La Presse Sports (@LaPresse_Sports) August 17, 2023
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– Great finish to the game.