By: Jeff Riger
It’s obvious the only reason for any media member to travel from Detroit to Cleveland yesterday was to get quotes about Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta — as he just was suspended 30 minutes before everybody gathered at the park.
First Dave Dombrowski talked and when he finished his 10 minute briefing he made sure to tell all listening that there was to be no more chatter about Peralta and PEDS, especially to the skipper Jim Leyland.
“I’ll be the spokesman from the club perspective, Jim (Leyland) will talk about baseball on the field, so you’re aware” Dombrowski said.
That apparently meant that no media member was to ask Leyland about Peralta or the suspension as a throng of about 15 to 20 reporters made their way to the manager’s office.
Leyland was agitated from the get go, pouring himself a cup of coffee and barking “next question” with his back to reporters. After about five or six questions I made my move.
“Jim do you have any comments at all about Peralta?” I asked.
Immediately, Leyland ended things.
“See you guys, see you later, you were told that I wasn’t going to comment on that, see ya! That’s the end of this press conference, see you after the game” Leyland said.