DETROIT (WWJ) – So the Tigers won the pennant — and what did they do next? They’re getting ready for Game 1 of the World Series with a couple of games against their instructional league Sunday and Monday.

“This is what you try to get to. This is the pinnacle, I mean this is the Super Bowl, you know, it’s the Stanley Cup finals,” Manager Jim Leyland said. “It’s the NBA championship … that’s what it is, so I mean … we’re one of two, that’s pretty good. Hopefully we’ll be the last one standing, but we’ve made it to the championship fight.”

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Leyland says the fan reaction to him has been great, that he’s a little embarrassed, but he hasn’t had to pay for a meal since the Tigers captured the ALCS title.

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“I don’t usually go out in those celebrations, but they got me, you know and I was freezing, so I jumped up and while he was, as Phil Coke would do, kept dousing the thing while as he poured the bottle down , I jumped up. Well, he hit my bald spot in the back , split my head open , but fortunately it was just this big scab. It didn’t slice it open. I didn’t need stitches or anything and you know, after a couple more vodkas and cranberries, I didn’t feel anything,” he said, laughing.

Leyland says the reaction of Tigers fans has been great and that he hasn’t had to pay for a meal since the Tigers clinched the American League Championship Series over the Yankees.

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