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Making nice in AL Central

Posted on: July 14, 2008 10:32 pm

NEW YORK -- The skies are even friendlier, apparently, on Tiger Airlines.

After Minnesota finished taking three of four in Detroit over the weekend, the three Twins' All-Star representatives -- first baseman Justin Morneau, catcher Joe Mauer and closer Joe Nathan -- were invited by Tigers manager Jim Leyland to fly to New York on a special charter.

It was Detroit owner Mike Ilitch's private plane, which the Little Caesar's pizza magnate had arranged to fly Leyland, an All-Star coach, and infielder Carlos Guillen to New York.

"That was really nice of him," Mauer said. "We got a little delayed, but it was really nice of him to do."

Air Ilitch, like many other planes carrying All-Stars, was delayed by a couple of hours Sunday night because of thunderstorms in the New York area.

"Saved us from having to go through security at the airport," Morneau said.  "Leyland is a great guy. He's a great manager. I don't know if I was driving him nuts or not. I was asking him questions the whole flight."

Among the things Morneau wanted to know: Who's the best player Leyland ever managed?

Answer: Barry Bonds. "Hands down," Leyland told Morneau.


Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: July 16, 2008 5:19 pm
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Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2008 10:42 am

Making nice in AL Central

Keep dreaming bud.....You havent seen the Twins the past few years and know nothing about Gardenhire and how we operate.

Were getting Liriano back and have 2 of the league leaders in hitting. You dont know a fool until he opens his mouth......

Since: May 3, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2008 1:40 am

Making nice in AL Central

WOW, That has to be one of the classiest things in this world of greedy sports owners and players I've heard of in a while. That is an awesome story. It makes me proud to be a Tigers and Red Wings fan and have the best owner in all of sports Mike Illitch.

Bless you Boys!  I hope the players look at this and realize what a class-act orginization that they play for and start leaving it all out on the field in the second half, Because they sure are the biggest underachievers in all of baseball the first half!

Well I'm sticking with my prediction that after that horrendous start that the Tigers would be within 8 games of first , 5 for the wildcard and at .500, that they are a starting pitcher, some bullpen help and a little run support  away from this supposed "POWERFULL" lineup, to make a run for the division after the All-Star break.

We will see.....

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2008 1:28 am

Making nice in AL Central

the kids run in mn wont last in the 2nd half, they've been playing over their heads for a month and the vets know how it goes in the 2nd half.  hope u enjoyed it

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2008 11:47 pm

Making nice in AL Central

Probably trying to pick up some tips on how to get his guys to play with heart every day.

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2008 11:32 pm

Making nice in AL Central

Trying to get our allstars to want to play in Detroit?  Odd move.  Question is who is flying them home? lol

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