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As noted in Danny Knobler's column after the Tigers' Game 2 victory over the Yankees in the ALDS, closer Jose Valverde said the series was over. No, he didn't insinuate or imply anything. He flat out said, "it's over." With the series tied 1-1 and the Yankees rolling out CC Sabathia Monday night against Justin Verlander, it's a bit curious. But hey, Valverde isn't shy and I have no problem whatsoever with confidence.
When asked about Valverde's proclamation Monday night, Tigers manager Jim Leyland turned the tables and let his feelings be known about the Yankees' pre-game video intro at home. Via NJ.com:
“First of all, I don't think I saw anything about guarantee. That's number one. I do think he said -- I think when you read all the stories about it, he admitted it was tongue in cheek when he said it.I couldn't agree more with the last paragraph. I've long wondered by such a huge deal is made about words leading up to big games. Unless someone crosses a line -- racial, family taunts, etc. -- it's pretty irrelevant. When playing in the playoffs, there's no extra motivation needed.
Second of all, I didn't take offense to the video at Yankee Stadium when they were talking about the World Series, like we were the junior varsity and they were getting ready for the World Series. I didn't take offense to that at all. In fact, I thought it was great. That's what they should be talking about. I don't really think that.
I don't believe in this stuff. I would hate to think the New York Yankees or the Detroit Tigers need any bulletin board stuff to get fired up this time of year. I would take that with a grain of salt. I didn't see anything about a guarantee.”
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