It wasnt all that long ago that Detroit Tigers fans wanted to burn Jim Leyland in effigy.
Now, after five magical weeks, they want to toast the Tigers manager instead.
Getting his team to the World Series, which opens Wednesday night in San Francisco, has done wonders for Leyland's image.
When the Tigers were three games behind the White Sox with 16 to play, he was labeled an out-of-touch curmudgeon who had to go.
But after rallying to shred the White Sox, As and Yankees, he's once again a manager whom players love to play for and a master of the game.
Funny thing is, Leyland hasnt changed and seemed to enjoy relaying fan-reaction stories to reporters in recent days.
I did get one interesting comment, says Leyland, a smile slowly crossing his face. I was out and I actually had a guy come up to me and say, Great job! And I want to apologize for being mean to you all year long.'
When Leyalnd kept playing Ryan Raburn... kept putting Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde into pressur...