Rodriguez said general manager Dave Dombrowski told him they were trying to put a winning team together, and they did.
“I signed, you know, Magglio signed, Magglio Ordoñez signed,” Rodriguez said. “They got a trade for (Carlos) Guillen to the ballclub and (Miguel) Cabrera. And you can see the results right now. The way the team plays right now, came in the World Series, we after two years, you know, ’06 we were in the World Series like Dave told me. And after that, everything was history. The team becomes a winning team, always in the pennant race. And that’s the reason that they play so well right now.”
While Ilitch has won multiple Stanley Cups as owner of the Red Wings, his Tigers have not won the World Series.
“He’s been a sport fan, you know, for a long, long time, him and his family,” Rodriguez said. “And I think it’s time for him, you know. I think it’s the year for him to have a World Series trophy in his hands. I think it’s going to be great for him..… He is going to feel very good about that and his family and all the work, all of the hard work that they have done, you know, since a long time ago, a long time ago with their group of people, you know, (Al) Avila, Dombrowski, all of the guys in the front office. They do hard work to become the organization and the team that they have on the field right now, He deserves to be a world champion.”
Posted: October 19, 2012 at 04:33 AM | 11 comment(s)
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