After falling two games short of a World Series berth, the Detroit Tigers again come into a season as a leading contender to win the American League pennant.
So far, Tigers have made headlines for taking shots at former teams, turning scars into smiley faces, kissing alligators and posing in bikinis with swimsuit models. Here's what the Twitter world has contributed to Detroit's interesting spring training thus far.
In the trade that sent Prince Fielder to the Rangers, Ian Kinsler was shipped to Detroit in return. This apparently angered Kinsler, not because he's unhappy to be a member of the Tigers, but with how the Rangers dealt with the situation.
It looks like he'd be unsatisfied if his former team won one game this year:
Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler hopes his former team, the Rangers, go 0-162. » http://t.co/CoIyXb2rLg— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 4, 2014
He then took a shot at his old GM:
So I take it Kinsler isn't looking to maintain his relationships in Texas. It'll be interesting to see the ovation he gets on his first return.
Then there was the inspirational moment. Joba Chamberlain made the gesture that not even his Tommy John surgery scar can make him frown:
Nothing like putting a smile on ur "elbow" to start ur Friday morning! Have a great day everyone! pic.twitter.com/OyJx6FUQ1K— Joba Chamberlain (@Joba_44) February 28, 2014
Torii Hunter apparently enjoys kissing deadly reptiles:
Although the jaw was taped shut, so that nullifies any legitimacy of this dare.
The absurdity of catcher Bryan Holaday taking a picture in a swimsuit with Kate Upton?
We'll see how Justin Verlander feels about this.
As for matters actually related to baseball, the Tigers have a new manager, a Cy Young winner back to his best form and a new top-of-the-line closer.
Here's what Twitter had to say about the core of Detroit, starting with its former player now at the helm.
Brad Ausmus seems to be a popular face among Tiger fans already, but he doesn't appear too eager to talk to media as a coach yet:
And Verlander, who wants to get as many reps as he can to get back to 100 percent after being injured and having an un-Verlander like year last year:
Rain rain go away so that I may pitch today.— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) March 6, 2014
The new closer in town is ready to take on his new role:
Despite all the tomfoolery occurring in Tigers camp early on, they should fare quite well again.
Verlander and Max Scherzer are the best 1-2 pitching combo in the game and Miguel Cabrera is the best player in the game. Expect nothing short of another appearance in the ALCS for Detroit.