Talking with ex-Tigers at All-Star Game (and there’s a few of them)
If one doesn’t count Miguel Cabrera, who’s not here, then there are three Tigers taking part in All-Star Game festivities (David Price, Jose Iglesias, J.D. Martinez). There are as many former Tigers who are here, all of them prominent (Max Scherzer, Jhonny Peralta, Prince Fielder). That does not count Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, who is on Ned Yost’s coaching staff for this game.
Scherzer not only still keeps in touch with former teammates, he also talks with the manager.
“I keep an eye on everybody. I pull for all the players over there,” Scherzer said. “I really want to see them do well. I text guys every now and then. I’ll text Ausmus every now and then, just different things that I see going on. A lot of great guys, a lot of great memories. I really hope everybody does well over there.”
Jhonny Peralta said the same, even as he acknowledged this year’s All-Star selection means a lot to him after the Biogenesis scandal enveloped his trip two years ago. He worked his tail off, and it paid off.
“With everything that happened before, a new opportunity to be here, and to be starting in the game, for me it’s special right now,” Peralta said. “This is the best moment that I can prove. …
“Detroit is a good team, too. I don’t want to say anything bad. It’s a similar team. The opportunity that they gave me in St. Louis is really good.”
On the Tigers, Peralta said, “I follow them a lot. I keep in touch with a couple of the guys, Cabrera and Victor. I miss being there, too, with the guys. It’s a good team, Detroit. I appreciated everything.”
On the Tigers’ .500 record, he said, “You know, it’s kind of hard to see that. Detroit is a team that’s on top every time, and now they’re behind. But in baseball, anything can happen.”
The one ex-Tiger who doesn’t track them is Fielder.
“Not really,” he said. “It’s just, I don’t follow any other team really.”
That said, he didn’t indicate that his trade to Texas was as much of a fresh start as the lost season he had last year to neck surgery.
“I don’t know. I think definitely the injury helped as far as my approach to the game and everything,” he said. “When you lose something, you realize that you liked it a lot. You try to enjoy it as much as you can when you come back.”