It’s not unusual to hear about players being injured in post game celebrations. But it’s not often a manager gets involved.
Jim Leyland, however, was the target of his new make-shift closer, Phil Coke, who accidentally nicked his skipper on the back of the head with a champagne bottle following the Tigers’ 4-game sweep of the Yankees in the ALCS.
It’s nothing a little cocktail couldn’t fix, or an injury that will keep Leyland from managing in the World Series.
”That was just Phil Coke pouring champagne. I got real cold. I usually don’t go out in those celebrations. ”Well, as he poured the bottle down, I jumped up. Well, he hit my bald spot in the back, split my head open, but fortunately it was just a big scab. It didn’t slice it open. I didn’t need stitches or anything. After a couple more vodkas and cranberries, I didn’t feel anything,” said Leyland.
Aside from his victory scar life’s been pretty good lately for the 67-year-old who continues to enjoying the benefits of leading his club to its second World Series in six-years.
”I can’t tell you how many free meals I’ve had in the past 24 hours. I’m almost embarrassed, but every time I go to pay a check they said somebody picked it up,” Leyland said. ”They’ve been great, really neat, in the grocery store and stuff everybody’s pumped up obviously.”
I imagine the love affair should only continue if the Tigers bring home the golden trophy. Vodkas and cranberries for everybody!
The Cardinals didn’t run out of postseason pixie dust. They were just outplayed by the Giants the past two-games. Imagine that.
In fact, it’s stunning how beatable the Cardinals look when their opponent actually steers clear of choking away games with poor fielding and ninth-inning collapses (you know who you are: Phillies, Brewers, Rangers, Braves & Nats).
Lately, however, it’s been St. Louis sputtering in the clutch while letting its 3-1 series lead slip to a Game 7.
Last night the Cards failed to get a single leadoff man on base while plating just one-run…their only tally over the last 19-innings. Even worse, four costly fielding errors have lead to the Giants scoring 10-unearned runs this series–the most ever allowed in an NLCS.
For once a National League team is taking advantage of Cardinals’ mistakes–and not the other way around.
The Giants’ lineup has capitalized on those extra outs and combined it with sensational starting pitching, a recipe for success against anyone, even the never-say-die Cardinals.
This of course has nothing to do with an immunity from postseason hocus-pocus, but everything to do with the Giants’ realization St. Louis is more poppycock than pixie dust.
Whether or not the Giants believe this truth for a third straight game is yet to be seen. But I’d love it if just once Cardinals fans experienced what it feels like to be defeated with pixie dust, especially in a Game 7.
Poof! Season over. NLCS choked away.