Leyland: I [messed] it up
It’ll be in a piece this weekend for the opening day package, but Jim Leyland put losing the AL Central last year on his shoulders when I asked about whether his team handles pressure better now. He wasn’t asked about finishing second in the division, but he went there himself.
"Basically, I [messed] it up at the end. We should’ve won the division. But they’ve been through a lot of stuff now. They’ve been to the World Series, been through blowing the division. When I say that, I say me. But we’ve been through a lot, so those things are all good. I mean, you learn from those things. Had a great start, looked like we should’ve walked away with the division. We didn’t even win it. But we also, at the same time, could’ve caved in, and we went and beat the Yankees in the playoffs. Played our [tails] off, got to the World Series."
When I asked why he places it on himself, he said:
"Well, I just think I probably didn’t get the focus back on the importance of finishing the deal, because I thought it was good to let them — they accomplished something. I mean, some of these guys got their [tails] beat to the tune of a hundred and some games."