I was walking around the perimeter of Yankee Stadium, prior to a Yankees vs. Tigers game, when I met Tigers manager Jim Leyland. Ironically, I was spending my day chronicling the difficulties of attaining autographs at the new stadium when I encountered Leyland.
I was standing by the stadium loading dock, near the Yankee offices, when a van pulled up carrying the entire Tigers’ coaching staff. I asked Leyland if he would pose for a photo with me and he willingly accepted. We took the picture and he wished me a good day as he headed into the stadium. His well known down-to-earth nature was very apparent during our interaction. I had read about a friendly encounter a fan had with Leyland in Minneapolis a couple years ago and my experience was just as positive. Leyland truly appears to be a quality, genuine guy. It was fun meeting him outside the new Yankee Stadium.
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