If there is one thing that you can say about Jim Leyland, it’s that he likes “his guys” to a fault. If there is a second thing you can say, it’d be that his players always have his back. That was evident earlier this week when Miguel Cabrera took a “Fire Leyland” sign out of rebelling Tigers’ fan’s hands.
According to Detroit Sports Rag, the fan’s name is Justin Spiro who obviously isn’t a Leyland supporter. Spiro made it his job to get ejected from EACH of the first three games of the Tigers-White Sox games at U.S. Cellular (I’m assuming for heckling Leyland, but you know what happens when you assume). In the video below, Spiro trolled hard to get Cabby to talk bad about Leyland and teammates Don Kelly and Ryan Raburn. Cabrera wouldn’t take the bait as he signed autographs for non-trolling fans.
For those wondering what Leyland’s fate is, he is not going to get “fired”. With 19 games left in the regular season (as of the writing of this post), there is no team in baseball that would fire their manager based on performance. But, Leyland is a lame duck whose contract is over at the end of this season. His fate most likely depends on whether the Tigers make the playoffs. If they don’t make the playoffs (they’re currently one game back in the division and five back in the Wild Card race.
Personal note: I’m not a Leyland supporter, but I love the way Cabrera handled himself here. Ignore the trolling, sign your autographs and be on your way. Well played, Miggy.
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