Jim Leyland is so pissed, not even a 12-8 win over the Seattle Mariners can cheer him up. But maybe that's because the Mariners are the only other team who sucks more than Detroit... by one game.
The 63-year-old Detroit Tigers manager will likely croak from some sort of stress-related aneurysm if things don't change in Motor City soon.
The 18-27 Tigers were the talk of the town this Spring, with many folks (including myself) calling not only a division win, but a possible World Series victory by the team with the second-highest payroll in baseball at $139 million. As of this week, they are sitting at dead last in the AL Central.
In an f-bomb-laced tirade Tuesday, Leyland was even calling out players who are no longer with the team. Jason Grilli, traded this season to the Colorado Rockies, claims the Tigers destroyed their clubhouse chemistry by getting rid of players like Sean Casey, voted the nicest guy in the whole wide world last season in a SI.com player's poll. Leyland begs to differ.
"Jason Grilli’s not here any longer because Jason Grilli didn’t pitch good under pressure situations and didn’t pitch very well in Detroit. You want to tell it like it is? When players want to start talking, I’ll start talking."Hell yeah, Jimmy. We love it when you start talking. He also spouted off about his own players, whose mouths are apparently much, much bigger than their bats.
"You better be careful when you’re a player. If you’re hitting .200 and .220 and striking out, you shouldn’t be popping off... They want to play games, I’ll play games. I’ll quit protecting some of these guys night after night after night after night. And I’ll put some names to it."We absolutely cannot wait for that night. Ok...one more.
"I’m a man. When I’m [bleep] I’m [bleep], and right now I’m [bleep]. And there are a few [bleeps] in that clubhouse right now that are [bleep], and they need to look in that mirror. Don’t look in mine. Look in theirs. Don’t point fingers. That’s weak."Man, we love it when he flips out.
[Detroit Free Press]