When the Detroit Tigers signed masher Prince Fielder to a 9-year $214 million contract yesterday, they sent a message to the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and the rest of the elite in the American League.
We are the team to beat.
With the addition of Fielder, the Tigers now have the best pitcher (Justin Verlander), and the best young sluggers (Fielder and Miguel Cabrera) in baseball. Not only can Detroit feel more confident in going toe-to-toe with the Yankees, Red Sox and Texas Rangers in the American League, but with the Phillies in the National League as well.
The last few years have been great to the city of Detroit. The Red Wings are winning as usual. The Tigers have dominated the AL Central the last few seasons. And who could forget about the Lions making a playoff run this season (thanks for picking me up, fellas)?
While this is good news for Tigers fans, this is bad news for my Yankees. It’s bad enough that we cannot beat the Tigers in the postseason without a potent slugger. Now they have Fielder. Oy!
See you in the 2012 World Series Tigers fans.