The Detroit Tigers are on their longest winning streak in 77-years… and manager Jim Leyland is on a dirty underwear streak since he is wearing the same pair since his Tigers lost their last game on September 1.
Leyland reveled his dirty little secret when he told reporters: “I will wear these underwear until we lose. I can tell you that right now. And they will not be washed. And I don’t give a (expletive) who knows it.”
Along with his underwear, Leyland has worn the same pair of socks since that streak began, which now has holes in them.
“I told (Jim) Schmakel [Tigers clubhouse manager] if somebody threw them out, that would be the end,” Leyland said.
Leyland has good reason to be cautious, the Tigers have blown notorious leads in September during the last month of the MLB season… but now its only the competition smelling fear. The Tigers have a 14 game lead in the AL Central division.
On Monday night, Tampa Bay Ray Matt Garza pitched a no-hitter in the Ray’s 5-0 win over the Detroit Tigers. Garza’s no-hitter is the first one in franchise history, but not the first no-hitter this season. The year of the pitcher, Garza becomes the fifth player to pitch a no-hitter in 2010, well on track to beating the record of seven no-hitters in season back in 1990 and 1991.
While baseball fans have seen plenty of no-hitters and one kinda perfect game, Tigers manager Jim Leyland also gave fans a no-spitter. Leyland is in the midst of a spitting controversy. Umpire Marty Foster is claiming Leyland spit on him during an altercation in the third inning of Garza’s no-hitter. Leyland was tossed from the game after arguing with Foster over Ray’s B.J Upton’s stolen base.
Foster ejected Leyland claiming the manager spit on him, but Lelaynd says he’s innocent. “Did I spray him? Yes. Did I mean to? No. I was talking right close [to him] and what happens a lot of times, happened. I asked him if he was going to write me up. He said, ‘You spit on me.’ I said, ‘You mean to tell me that you’re going to write up that I deliberately spit on you?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ I said, ‘Well that’s a blatant lie.’
The MLB is investigating the incident and will decide if further disciplinary action will be taken.