Our friend Rick Carpiniello was in the interview room for Tigers manager Jim Leyland. When Leyland walked out of the Tigers locker room to make his way to the podium, he got a hug from former Yankees manager Joe Torre.
Carp passed along the exchange:
Torre: “I’ve got to come listen to you. Are you going to say anything interesting?”
Leyland: “No, I’m going to say the same stuff you said all those years.”
Torre: “I’ll come listen and learn what I sounded like.”
In his press conference, Leyland was asked about the differences in these two teams since the opened the season here at Yankee Stadium back in March.
“Well, we’re a different team, obviously,” Leyland said. “We’ve had some additions since that time. We did open the season here at Yankee Stadium, and we’re a little bit of a different ballclub. We think we’re a better ballclub. I’m sure the Yankees feel they’re a better ballclub than they were opening day.
“You size this thing up and I think it’s two real good teams going at each other in a great setting, Yankee Stadium. I’m certainly aware of all the history. I can count to 27. It’s great. This is what it’s all about. I’ve always been a big supporter of the New York Yankees. I appreciate the things they’ve done. Certainly I think we’re a very good opponent. ”
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