Tigers reliever Joaquin Benoit's comment about being on the 'verge of the World Series again' could turn into bulletin-board fodder. (Robin Buckson / Detroit News)
Oakland, Calif — You don’t ever want to give another team — maybe even one you aren’t playing yet — bulletin-board material.
And perhaps Tigers’ closer Joaquin Benoit didn’t.
But perhaps he did when he said after Friday night’s 3-2 victory in Game 1 of the Division Series that “I feel like we’re on the verge of the World Series again.”
What do you think about that quote, manager Jim Leyland?
“It’s not good for you guys (in the media),” he replied, “but I always tell my players that because of all the national media attention in these situations, it’s probably best to say less.
“The less said is probably better.”
On the other hand ...
“Sure, I like a confident team,” Leyland said. “I like a team that’s confident and I think you show that by the way you play.
“I don’t know that you need to go on stage and talk about it. If guys want to talk about it, that’s fine — more power to them.
“They’re grown men. I don’t tell anybody what to say or not to say. I don’t give advice.
“But I do say there is no sense in fueling fires. We don’t need to do that. We just need to go play.”