DETROIT -- Prince Fielder grew up in a privileged household, but his attitude is more reflective of the working-class people of Detroit who pay to watch him play.
He's rarely taken a day off since coming into the league with Milwaukee in 2006.
He played in 157 games in his first full season in the majors. In the five seasons after that, he sat out a total of eight games.
Fielder played in every game in 2012, his first year with the Tigers, all 162 during the regular season and 13 more in the playoffs.
So when Fielder was asked recently about potentially playing in this year's World Baseball Classic, he had an interesting answer -- one that's sure to make Tigers fans happy.
"I did (have interest), but just for me," he said. "I play every day, so it's hard, man. It's really hard to do that.
"I'm starting to feel little aches and pains here and there, so I don't know. It seems like a great honor to do it, but I think I really owe it to the Tigers to be ready for the season."