Game 138: Iglesias impresses again
Four weeks into Jose Iglesias’ tenure as Tigers shortstop, you get the sense that his teammates are becoming accustomed to seeing him make highlight plays — not spoiled, mind you, but accustomed.
The latest rendition was his double-play Monday, whirling to tag Shane Victorino, then firing against his momentum to retire Dustin Pedroia. The reaction from the Tigers clubhouse after the 3-0 win was not shock, but it shouldn’t be. They can’t be shocked.
“He’s made about three already that I’ve never seen before,” Jim Leyland said.
They’re never the same play, but they contribute to the same realization: Iglesias is as good of a shortstop as scouts and pundits suggested the Tigers were getting. He’s a game-changer.
“That kid, he’s got great hands and moves all over the diamond,” Doug Fister said. “It’s such a blessing to have him. The things he brings to this team, it’s astounding.”
The Tigers turned three double plays Monday, erasing three of the eight baserunners Fister allowed over his seven innings. Iglesias played a role in all three DPs. Afterwards, he talked with Boston writers about the way he has established himself already in Detroit.
“Different philosophies, but at the end of the day, everybody’s in the same place, to win ballgames. I really like it here so far,” Iglesias said.
For someone who played just 45 games at Fenway Park during his Red Sox career, Iglesias received a surprisingly large ovation when he stepped to the plate for his first at-bat.
“The fans here are great,” he said. “It was really fun to play for this team.”
That said, he held no grudges over leaving.
“I love the guys over there. It’s nothing personal,” he said. “It’s a business at the end of the day. But it was fun to come here today and get a W.”