“I will be honest with you. I don’t know what the heck happened. I am still walking around in shock.”
“You had to have an inkling something was up,” the announcer said.
“Nope. Not a clue,” I admitted.’
It was the kind of shock that made your jaw drop when you heard the Tigers signed Fielder to a nine-year, $214 million contract. From the people I talked to, Fielder did not want to come to Detroit and play for the Tigers. It actually didn’t have as much to do with his estranged father Cecil Fielder, who played here, as I originally thought.
He thought he was a better fit elsewhere — perhaps Texas or Washington. But Tigers owner Mike Ilitch gave Fielder an offer he couldn’t refuse by offering him the fourth highest contract in baseball history. Ilitch took all his poker chips and shoved them to the middle of the table. He is all in and nobody expected this.
The Ilitch family, outside of Mike Ilitch is stunned. Tigers manager Jim Leyland scolded reporters for asking about Fielder basically calling them stupid for even bringing it up. And I still don’t think Ilitch has told Tigers President Dave Dombrowski yet. He probably found out on twitter.
I keep hearing this will be a good deal on the front end and a bad one on the back end. Fielder is 27 years old. My guess is he has six good years. Beyond that I do not care. And if he discovers better eating and training habits he could last longer. I hope he finds it because this dude could mash for a long time.
I will write more about this in the coming days. I am just stunned right now and want to make sure this is actually happening. Could somebody pinch me?
You mean to tell me Tayshaun Prince is no longer the Prince of Detroit? Stunning.