Originally written on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 3/14/13
It isn't uncommon for players to drive themselves to and from road games during spring training. Most of the stadiums are within a reasonable driving distance from one another.So, it was only a matter of time this spring that someone failed to arrive at the park because of car trouble. That someone was Detroit Tigers slugger Prince Fielder.Fielder was supposed to make the trip to Tradition Field on Thursday for Detroit's road clash against the New York Mets. However, a flat tire derailed his journey from Lakeland and caused Matt Tuiasosopo to get the starting nod at first base for the Tigers, instead."Prince had a big-time flat tire on the turnpike, and they could only put one of those little tires on that's good for 50 miles. He wasn't sure he could make it down and back on that tire, so I told him to stay home," Leyland said. "He got up on the turnpike by Orlando, so he wasn't very far away. He called once to say that he'd broken down and had called somebody to take care of it. When he called again, they came out, but they only put that little tire on."I didn't want to take a chance. He'll probably go to Jupiter" on Saturday.
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