As a sports fan, for me, there's nothing more awkward than watching a player, a former great player, past his prime trying to play the game. See Willie Mays.
If any Major League Baseball manager knows what it's like to play with fire, it's Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland. The notorious chain-smoker and brilliant baseball mind has Motown fired up and in a frenzy with Game 1 of the 2012 World Series just four days away. But, as the Tigers watch and wait to see who their opponent will be, Leyland has scheduled scrimmage games against the organizations minor league teams Sunday and Monday.
Good idea? Bad idea? Even Leyland can't answer that question.
“Is it going to have any bearing on whether we win or lose, I can’t answer that,” Leyland told the media Saturday.