JIM LEYLAND: Yeah, in one
sense. But I think the biggest thing we
always forget is we brought Daulton in
because he was a good player, not really
to baby-sit the clubhouse. What went with
him was part of that, yes. But for the
same reason we got Rogers and Jones
and Casey. We think they're good
players, and that's the main reason you
pick people up or you try to acquire
somebody at the right time. I don't think
you're trying to upgrade the chemistry in
the clubhouse, you're trying to upgrade
your team on the field. And I think Daulton
obviously did that, and the guys we picked
up this year have done a good job at that.
Over the course of the year the team
that scores first generally wins the ballgame
more often than not. Does that become more
important during the World Series on this
JIM LEYLAND: I don't really know
-- I never really emphasize that, because I
think you set yourself up for disaster when
you talk about stuff like that. It's kind of
like goals. I've never been a guy that told
my team in Spring Training, we've got
some goals we have to try to reach,
because I think at some point you realize
you can't reach them, and then you've got
a lot of problems.
I'd hate to think if we get behind 1-0
or 2-0 the game is over. I wouldn't want
my team to say, the manager said that
whoever scores first wins. I think it's a
fact, I think there's a statistic in baseball
that there's a lot of truth to, it's been
proven. Hopefully we're going to play nine
innings, nine tough innings, and whoever
scores first won't necessarily win the
Who is DH tonight?
JIM LEYLAND: Sean Casey is
DHing tonight, possibly tomorrow. And he
will, unless something goes wrong, these
next two days, he will play first base in St.
Louis on Tuesday night. So everything
looks okay, and he will play first on
Tuesday, like I said, unless -- you're never
sure with the cold weather, it's going to be
a little uncomfortable for everybody, and
the next two days, tomorrow doesn't look
very good at all. Unless something
happens, he'll be the first baseman
In '97 with the Marlins you had
talked to your team I think during the playoffs
how you felt Muhammad Ali was an
inspirational figure for you. I think you may
have talked about it to your players again this
year, maybe, during the playoffs. Why is that,
what is so special about him to you?
JIM LEYLAND: Well, I'd rather
save that for after the series.
JIM LEYLAND: If things go right I'll
tell you. If they don't go right I'll tell you
Rick's question about how this is
different from your first World Series, is
there a difference, do you feel, in the way
the community is embracing your team as
opposed to obviously the situation in south
Florida has never been --
JIM LEYLAND: You always ask
tough questions. I want to make sure I
don't offend anybody here, because
certainly the support for the World Series
in Florida was tremendous. There was
67,000 people, but truthfully, I'm not going
to duck that question. I'll answer it this
way, I think because of the longevity of
this franchise and what a tremendous
sports town this is, and Michigan people --
in Florida there were a lot of people
obviously from somewhere else that
ended up in Florida, so I think that
obviously -- let me put it this way, there's
definitely more tradition in the Detroit
franchise than there was at that time in the
Marlin franchise. Hopefully that will,
maybe at some point, change for them,
too. But I would definitely say there's
more tradition, obviously, with this.
So it's a little bit more rewarding for
the fans here probably than it was for the
fans in Florida, to be honest with you.
In June you and Tony talked about
managing against each other and that it was an
uncomfortable feeling --
JIM LEYLAND: I'm not talking
about Tony and Jim, we're talking about
the players, here. This is the players'
show, with all due respect.
Just to follow up, how do you feel
about being a part of that? Do you feel like it's
a special thing for you to have come in here
and done this, either for these people or with
JIM LEYLAND: Well, you know, I
feel better, to be honest with you, than the
people that suffered here for the last 12,
13 seasons, whatever it was. I mean, am
I happy for me? Sure, I'm happy for me.
Is it a nice little story for me personally?
Sure. I signed in 1963. I was an
executive 18 years in the Minor Leagues,
and I never got the opportunity to be a Big
League coach. The manager's job was
taken by Sparky Anderson. They made a
pretty good choice there, I'd have to say.
So, yeah, this is a thrill for me. I'm
from just down the road, 60 miles, and my
family, most all my family was always
Tiger fans. I was a Cleveland fan when I
was a kid, to be honest with you, but most
of the rest of them were Tiger fans.
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