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Quote of the Day: Jim Leyland

Oct 10, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

Detroit Tigers' manager Jim Leyland looks on during a practice in preparation for the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington, Texas Reuters

Several writers covering the Tigers-Rangers series just tweeted this gem from Jim Leyland, who was asked about yesterday’s no-rain rain postponement:

 “If somebody buys an umbrella down here, then they cancel school.”

Dude, that rain delay just gave Max Scherzer an extra day of rest after his little bullpen stint against the Yankees on Thursday. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

UPDATE: OK, he’s not looking a gift horse in the mouth. Just admitted that the rain may have helped the Tigers more than the Rangers due to the Scherzer thing and by giving Delmon Young‘s oblique an extra day’s rest.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Oct 10, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    I agree with Leyland. One of the best managers in baseball. He’s right. They could have played that game, but were trembling in their shoes to try and do it. So typical of Darth Selig.

    Leyland is the type of guy that will beat you in a game and piss on your grave afterwards. I have much respect for him.

    • Matt - Oct 10, 2011 at 1:43 PM

      He’d be one of the best managers in baseball if he let someone else fill out the lineup card and forgot the bunt sign.

  2. rollinghighwayblues - Oct 10, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    You know what they say about the weather in Texas, “If you dont like the weather, just wait 10 minutes.”

    • spudchukar - Oct 10, 2011 at 1:48 PM

      That’s what they say everywhere.

      • rollinghighwayblues - Oct 10, 2011 at 2:11 PM

        I realize that. I mentioned the specific state as Texas because that’s where the game is being played.

      • sportsdrenched.com - Oct 10, 2011 at 3:50 PM

        Wait, Are you guys telling me that weather in other parts of the country changes too?

        My sense of local uniuqeness is shattered now.

      • hep3 - Oct 10, 2011 at 6:05 PM

        Not in California……

    • chrisdtx - Oct 10, 2011 at 1:55 PM

      Actually, I believe the proper quote is “if you don’t like the weather, go back to where you came from.”

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 10, 2011 at 2:00 PM

      Yeah…they say the same thing in Indiana. Except…it’s wait 5 minutes.

  3. mkd - Oct 10, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    I hate to defend Selig, but I live in Central Texas and every forecast, weather report, weather map, radar system and trick knee in the state pointed to heavy thunderstorms all day and all night. For a guy who just got his ass kicked in the media for being “unable to read a weather map” and letting Game 1 of the ALDS go ahead (weather maps btw which showed right up to gametime that a clear break in the storm was coming), is it really surprising that Selig would err on the side of going with the weather maps this time around. And now we’re gonna kick his ass for being a sissy pants? Lame.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 10, 2011 at 2:03 PM

      Good post MKD. I don’t know that I necessarily agree with the postponing the game. But good post nonetheless.

    • crpls - Oct 10, 2011 at 4:36 PM

      Baseball fans’ instinct to blame Selig overrides facts.

  4. Lukehart80 - Oct 10, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    They often have a hard time figuring things out in Texas, just look at the last couple guys they’ve decided to elect Governor.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 10, 2011 at 2:02 PM

      I guess that depends on which side of the fence you are standing Luke. Some would say the last two governors are the reason one would move to Texas. All about perspective.

      • Lukehart80 - Oct 10, 2011 at 2:27 PM

        Yes, perspective.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 10, 2011 at 4:52 PM

        Secession is a reason you want to move to Texas?

      • Matt - Oct 10, 2011 at 6:18 PM

        Possible secession is a reason I hope TX keeps electing these crazies.

  5. randall351 - Oct 10, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Classy use of “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.” I applaud you, sir.

  6. detiger69 - Oct 10, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Craig and company – you guys ran a story asking How does this make you feel Detroit. How about running one on this story about Detroit making a comeback.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2011-10-09/detroit-comeback-lions/50713354/1?csp=hf

    • Craig Calcaterra - Oct 10, 2011 at 2:52 PM

      How is that story any different: it’s basically “the city still has 14.5% unemployment, a 38% poverty rate and a bunch of problems but, hey, the Lions, Tigers and a nice Chrysler commercial are giving people hope.”

      Yes, there are some bits in there that talk about things looking up — more headquarters moving downtown and the auto industry doing better — but those take a major back seat to “the sports teams are making everyone happy again” baloney.

      I want to see stories about Detroit’s rebound in the business and news pages, separate and apart from the sports stuff.

      • b7p19 - Oct 10, 2011 at 3:22 PM

        Than don’t read the article by LZ Granderson over on ESPN. That guy is supposed to be more than a dumb sportswriter too…

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