Leyland, Cabrera, Fielder, Verlander & Their Connection To iFolloSports.com

Jim Leyland outside Yankee StadiumAs they prepare to battle the San Francisco Giants, in the 2012 World Series, the American League champion Detroit Tigers will field a team loaded with a high profile manager and three of the biggest stars in all of baseball.

Over the past three years, iFolloSports.com has provided fans with a behind the scenes look at this famous Motor City foursome, in the form of photos, video and/or eyewitness account. Below is a look at the many ways these Detroit ballers found their way onto our website.

By far, the Tiger who has made the most iFolloSports appearances is manager Jim Leyland. Whether it be a picture of him and me outside of Yankee Stadium, a recent photo of the skipper at a Minneapolis hotel, or multiple encounter stories (also in Minneapolis), Leyland has always come off as a serious, yet extremely affable baseball lifer. The man appears to love both the game and the people who devote so much time to following it.

It should be noted that, as a result of iFolloSports' strong Minnesota presence, and because the Tigers make three trips to Minneapolis, during every baseball season, the vast majority of Tiger related tales have taken place within this division rival setting.

Via iFolloSports.com original video, AL Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera was chronicled signing autographs at Target Field, a mere 10 minutes before blasting homerun number 30 of this regular season. Despite his sometimes checkered past, on this day, the super talented infielder displayed a high level of respect for this group of excited, out-of-town fans.

Earlier this season, an iFolloSports.com original photo captured superstar first baseman Prince Fielder, interacting with fans on a downtown Minneapolis street.  In the first year of his whopping nine-year/$214 million deal, Fielder put together yet another robust season, when hitting .313, with 30 HR and 108 RBI.

Justin Verlander, the man who holds the title of baseball's best pitcher, was seen entering a Town Car, per this iFolloSports.com original video clip, shot early on in what would become a historical season for him. After the 2011 campaign concluded, the Virginia native was named both the AL CY Young and MVP award winner.

The guy with the crazy glasses will take the mound, for the Tigers, in Wednesday night's World Series Game 1, at San Francisco's AT&T Park.