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Pleiness asks Red Wings coach Mike Babcock about the Tigers and Jim Leyland

Given that the Detroit Tigers are facing a winner-take-all game against the Oakland A's today, the Red Wings have taken something of a backseat to the Tigers in terms of Detroit's sports spotlight, and the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness had a conversation with Wings coach Mike Babcock about one Tigers manager Jim Leyland:

“It’s way more nerve wracking to watch them play than to coach us I can tell you that,” Babcock said. “(Anibal) Sanchez started the night before and then I had to laugh when they asked (Jim) Leyland and it’s, ‘well he’s my guy.’ When Howie’s getting bombed 6-1 in the playoffs what do you do? He’s our guy. And I thought it was awesome bringing (Max Scherzer) off the bench yesterday because if you don’t win Game 4 forget about saving a starter for Game 5 then you have (Justin) Verlander. To me it was exciting stuff.”

The Tigers forced a Game 5 after beating Oakland in Game 4, 8-6.

“The other thing, attitude is contagious, work ethic is contagious, hitting’s contagious, scoring is contagious and once they got a couple of hits the guys got confidence, it’s exactly the same thing in our game,” Babcock said. “Then you get feeling it, you get some swagger back and you get up there and the ball looks big again. That’s what I watch when I’m watching the game. It’s the same thing, it’s a bunch of guys competing. The other team’s competing too.

“Last year in the playoffs when Howie had Corey Perry’s number,” Babcock continued. “It’s not like Corey Perry didn’t have 100 chances, Howie had him. It’s like a pitcher that’s got you. Yesterday when they got to the bullpen to me that’s a sign of good things to come. Go Tigers.”

Babcock also is a big fan of Tigers manager Jim Leyland.

“One of the best stories I have of Jim Leyland, I was asking him about walking out there and saying you’re done (to a pitcher and how it felt) and he said, ‘I’ve pulled better pitchers than that,’” Babcock recalled. “The reality of what he’s telling you it’s not about the guy, but he’s making decisions for the team. What I like is he does what’s right. He doesn’t let the fans coach the team, he doesn’t let the media coach the team, he does what he’s supposed to do. To me that’s what it’s all about you make these decisions based on experience and you go with your gut and your gut is based on a track record of being steady on the rudder and winning. You don’t win over and over again, you don’t become a serial winner like he is by accident so you do the right things and good things happen.”

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calquake's avatar

What I like is he does what’s right. He doesn’t let the fans coach the team, he doesn’t let the media coach the team, he does what he’s supposed to do.


Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 10/09/13 at 02:41 PM ET


Between George on this website and J.J. from Kansas on Winging it in Motown, there’s literally no other place on the web that covers Red Wings hockey like you guys. But I digress.

George; quick question. So with our roster set right now, and some of the guys getting healthy (a la Gustavsson, Tootoo) and the LTIR (Helmer and Eaves) how in the world is Kenny going to manage this situation? What kind of cap relief would we get if we just waived, say, Tootoo and Eaves? And when Helm eventually comes back, does that mean Emmerton has to go through waivers again? What is your opinion on what Babs and Kenny will do?

Posted by ZandPasha11 on 10/09/13 at 02:45 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

I would imagine that someone will have to be either sent to Grand Rapids for two weeks on a conditioning stint and/or someone will be waived. I think Emmerton being waived works for 10 games or 30 days.

I don’t see everyone staying. Either the Wings have trades in place after a game or two or they have to waive people. As soon as Gustavsson and Helm come back, anyway.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 10/09/13 at 07:40 PM ET

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