Originally Posted by whiteslashasian
This. Also the Giants FEEL more like a team to me compared to the Tigers.
Isn't this an unfounded, subjective statement?
Sure, the Giants are very visible in their dugout fun. Nothing wrong with that!
But, if you were to observe the Tigers on a daily basis, you'd see much brotherly love and concern for each other. And, the Tigers have their moments of silliness, too. (The Miggy/Prince "handshake", for example.)
The tone of this team takes its cue from the manager who is thought of, more, as a father figure than a manager. Leyland, for all his stubbornness and head scratching decisions--of which we will see, again, tonight, is low key with the players. He is not a "rah-rah" guy. And for this reason, he is revered by his players. Many of the players, in their interviews with the press, always bring up the family atmosphere of this ball club.
The "feel" of a team can be external and internal. Don't sell the Tigers short on this quality.