Found September 23, 2013 on Fox Sports Detroit:
DETROIT -- If all goes well for Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder -- knock on wood -- he'll play in his 500th consecutive game Tuesday night in Minnesota. A blue-collar, lunch-bucket mentality is required to become an iron man like Fielder, who has missed only one game since May 2008. My father was a steelworker in Ecorse, Mich., for 44 years and never missed a day of work. That always served to inspire me, so I asked Fielder for the source of his relentless work ethic. Mine came from my dad, he said. His father, former Tigers American League home-run champion Cecil Fielder, played in all 162 games in 1991. He was tops with 44 homers and finished second in AL MVP voting for the second consecutive season. I was 11 years old and playing for Chet Lemons AAU team in Florida, said Prince, recalling the former Tigers All-Star center fielder who became prominent in youth baseball in the Sunshine State. I fouled a ball off my shin, and it cramped up. It was bruised pretty good, a...
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