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Miguel Cabrera took a “fire Leyland” sign away from a fan

Sep 14, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

Fire Leyland

Some Tigers fan wants Jim Leyland fired, apparently. So he showed up to the Tigers-White sox games holding a “Fire Leyland” sign.  Miguel Cabrera has his managers’ back, however, and took the sign from him.

Watch the video and you can hear the sign guy giving Cabrera a mildly hard time about him taking the sign, though it does seem he’s enjoying the attention. Then you can hear him asking Cabrera about Ryan Raburn being in the Tigers lineup in a pennant race.

Jeez. I’m all for questioning a manager’s decisiosn and even advocating for him being canned, but really, what possible purpose does this crap serve at a game when Cabrera is just trying to sign autographs and other fans are trying to enjoy themselves? What does he expect to accomplish here other than to annoy the hell out of Cabrera?  Take your anonymously courageous self to the Internet for that business and just let other people enjoy themselves.

In other news, if you’re a Tigers fan and you don’t call your fantasy team The Anonymously Courageous next year, you’re doing it wrong.

  1. kkolchak - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Dude is sitting in the expensive seats, so clearly he is yet another douchebag with more money than brains.

    • bigleagues - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      Note: the only person sitting near this guy (to his right) has a massive frown on her face.

      not to mention the hot blonde seems to have her unimpressed face on.

  2. delawarephilliesfan - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    A fan who wanted the manger fired? And he made a sign saying so???

    Clearly this has never happened before. I understand your outrage, Craig

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:00 AM

      Yep…this guy is definitely breaking new ground with the whole “Fire Leyland” sign.
      My guess….this is just the beginning of an onslaught of like minded individuals jumping on the sign making bandwagon. What is this world coming to? Think of the Children. They are our future!

      • Craig Calcaterra - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:24 AM

        I don’t care about his sign. I think it was rude of him to be badgering Cabrera about Leyland’s lineups when he was trying to sign autographs for fans.

      • delawarephilliesfan - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM

        Oh….well there you go then….it was the rude fan that was ground breaking.

        Elswhere, a pitcher stepped off the mound and turned to 2nd but did not make a pick-off throw. For the first time in history, the fans errounously thought it was a balk. Blog post to follow

      • Craig Calcaterra - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM

        So your view is that rude behavior is ok as long as people have long behaved rudely?

      • delawarephilliesfan - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:39 AM

        I am saying that on a scale of 1 to 10, this is about a 0.2.

        In some cities that guy would be considered kind! 😉

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:52 AM

        I’m actually with Craig on this one. In the video, the guy is such a loud-mouthed buffoon that he should have been removed by security. Cabrera is trying to be nice to kids and signing autographs and this nozzle is heckling him about Leyland’s decisions?

        I disagreed with Craig when he got all huffy about signs shown to a player during a game while he is walking back to the dugout because to me, that’s OK since it is directed at that player. But for some loser to roll out of his mom’s basement to troll Cabrera and whine about Leyland’s line-up while the dude is trying to be righteous…that’s just pathetic.

      • spellingcops - Sep 14, 2012 at 7:14 PM

        Is it possible that Craig has the thinnest skin in all of the online blog world?

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:02 PM

      Miggy definitely has thicker skin than that. Hell…he even came back to sign (after walking away) when he heard a different guy speaking Spanish to him.
      Further, after returning to sign for the other guy he even laughed at the end when the dude called him a sign stealer. Listen…I think they guy heckling him is unquestionably a serious tool.
      No disputing that. I just don’t think it’s earth shattering.

  3. aiede - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    The best Tigers fantasy team name I saw this season was “Ingedignation,” followed closely by “Rob Deer Season.”

  4. heyblueyoustink - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    I hear in Boston, they players have to confiscate the ” Fire Valentine ” signs from their teamates.

  5. temporarilyexiled - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    The headline:

    Miguel Cabrera is stealing signs.

    Too bad the story is about lame fan’s fifteen seconds of fame, and not baseball’s “unwritten rules”.

  6. theawesomersfranchise - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Sometimes it’s like Craig just stumbled onto baseball last week.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      I think it’s wrong to assume that everything that has gone on in baseball for a long time is a good thing simply because it has gone on for a long time. If that makes me come off as naive sometimes, so be it.

      • delawarephilliesfan - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:34 AM

        Give it up…..even Cabrera would probably say there were 11 worse things said to him that day

      • Craig Calcaterra - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM

        And if Cabrera figured he didn’t want to hear that noise and stopped signing autographs? And some kid didn’t get one? You’re still cool with the guy yelling at him?

      • delawarephilliesfan - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:42 AM

        I have not devled into right or wrong, just questioning the significance. It is wrong to run Stop Signs, yet the paper never reports on it

        Plus, me thinks Cabrera has thicker skin then that

      • sabatimus - Sep 14, 2012 at 1:06 PM

        It’s also not cool to have DUIs, particularly when they’re unpunished…

      • theawesomersfranchise - Sep 14, 2012 at 1:29 PM

        Sometimes someone just needs a topic to blog about?

        Tell us what if the difference between a fan with a sign getting out his negative message and any of you bloggers doing it online?

      • drewsylvania - Sep 14, 2012 at 2:05 PM

        “Tell us what if the difference between a fan with a sign getting out his negative message and any of you bloggers doing it online?”

        Post of the decade.

  7. frenchysplatediscipline - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    At the very end Cabrera tells the attendant to give the guy back his sign. He was clearly having fun with the fan and that was great to see.

    I didn’t think the fan was that bad either.

    Can you say “mountain out of a molehill”???

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:27 PM

      Yep…that’s what we do at HBT. We create mountains out of molehill’s (Jerry Springer Style).

  8. sabatimus - Sep 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    How long until Cabrera gets suspended for deliberately violating the no-touch fan rule?

  9. drewsylvania - Sep 14, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Seriously, I don’t get it. Craig, you’re going to complain about a fan being rude when you write articles calling out people every single day?

    I like your stuff, but this is ridiculous.

  10. ezthinking - Sep 14, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    If any idiot Tiger fan thinks that any manager would be better for the Tigers, they should just stop watching baseball.

    This fan is obviously an asshole and knows nothing about baseball. Sure don’t play Rayburn, so who then? Santiago? Worth? Dirks? The choices all suck. He sat Young who’s been sucking. Boesch who can’t hit a lefty and is generally sucking and Berry sucks. It’s a GM/system problem, not a managerial problem.

    • kalinedrive - Sep 14, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      Avg/ OBP/ SLG/ PA vs. LHPAvg/ OBP/ SLG/ PA vs. RHP
      Boesch (L).238/.301/.344 133.284/.393/.678 348
      Young (R).302/.323/.519 167.256/.291/.379 364
      Dirks (L).265/.379/.388 58.332/.374/.513 216
      Berry (L).222/.232/.370 58.279/.372/.363 221
      Santiago (S).145/.225/.273 62.230/.310/.279 188
      Worth (R).278/.386/.278 45.143/.250/.229 41
      Kelly (L).091/.231/.091 13.189/.274/.263 106
      Raburn (R).165/.224/.253 98.175/.228/.254 124

      Pretty much everyone is a better choice than Ryan Raburn.

    • kalinedrive - Sep 14, 2012 at 4:46 PM

      Well that didn’t format. Maybe this will be more readable.

      ____________ Avg/ OBP/ SLG/ (PA vs. LHP) ______ Avg/ OBP/ SLG/ (PA vs. RHP)
      Boesch (L)__ .238/.301/.344 (133) ___________ .284/.393/.678__ (348)
      Young (R)___ .302/.323/.519 (167) ___________ .256/.291/.379__ (364)
      Dirks (L)___ .265/.379/.388 (058) ___________ .332/.374/.513__ (216)
      Berry (L)___ .222/.232/.370 (058) ___________ .279/.372/.363__ (221)
      Santiago (S) .145/.225/.273 (062) ___________ .230/.310/.279__ (188)
      Worth (R)___ .278/.386/.278 (045) ___________ .143/.250/.229__ (041)
      Kelly (L)___ .091/.231/.091 (013) ___________ .189/.274/.263__ (106)
      Raburn (R)__ .165/.224/.253 (098) ___________ .175/.228/.254__ (124)

  11. realgone2 - Sep 14, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Yet again Craig with his hipster douche perspective. If a fan shows up with a bag over their head because their team sucks I guess they are ruining everyone’s time also. I wonder how much you get paid Craig? I can act like a pompus jerk for half of your salary.

  12. mickeylolich1968 - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    When I lived in Detroit Billy Martin was managing.
    Hmmmm…. what would Billy have done with this guy?

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