Carlos Guillen is one of my favorites.
Because he didn't have perfect English skills, he was never a favorite with TV and radio reporters, but I always enjoyed his honesty.
Guillen was traded to Detroit from Seattle on Jan. 8, 2004, in exchange for Ramon Santiago and Juan Gonzalez. (No, not that Juan Gonzalez.)
His first season in Detroit was one of the rare times I didn't go down to spring training, so I didn't get to meet him until Opening Day. The Tigers were playing the Toronto Blue Jays and shut them out 7-0.
I'll never forget what Guillen said after that game. I had asked about the Minnesota Twins, the team that had dominated the Tigers and the Central Division for years.
Guillen said the Twins might not be afraid of the Tigers, but they should be.
I was kind of shocked. After all, these Tigers had just barely avoided losing 120 games in a season. Losing that many game didn't give them much license to boast.
But Guillen's confidence eventually proved to be correct as th...