ST. PETERSBURG, Fla -- Released by the Tigers after wearing the Olde English D for more than 11 seasons, Brandon Inge is determined to take the high road in his new role as an aging veteran with the rookie-laden Oakland A's.
But the 34-year-old infielder can't help but believe he will enjoy the last laugh in his new surroundings.
"I laugh at all those people who said I was done," Inge said Friday. "It cracks me up. It makes me laugh.
"I don't want to make excuses, but all I needed was the opportunity to play every day. That's what I'm getting here. I feel better than I have in three or four years. My body. My swing. Everything.
"I love it here, I absolutely love it. It's so laid back. But it's a confident laid back. There's no pressure. No worries. I don't feel old. These guys make me feel young. I like it."
An added benefit is the fact that Inge's favorite tattoo artist resides in the Oakland area. "My whole body might be tatted up now," he said.