First came the rain then came the boos raining down on Prince Fielder.
And if you’d been paying attention you knew both were in the forecast Thursday night at Comerica Park.
If Game 5 was a pivot point in this American League Championship Series between the Tigers and the Boston Red Sox it also might prove to be one between the baseball fans in Detroit and the team’s highest-paid player.
Because with the Tigers now facing elimination Saturday night at Fenway Park after a 4-3 loss in Game 5 Fielder’s running out of time to alter his team’s October fate let alone the perceptions of him as a clutch performer in this town.
Thursday’s seventh-inning shower of frustrated voices suggests as much and yes Fielder heard them.
“They’re fans” he said calmly addressing a pack of reporters following game. “I mean it’s definitely not pleasant. But if that’s what they want to do they can do it.”
It is as he admitted Thursday night “part of the deal.”
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