How Prince Fielder ended up in Detroit
January, 25, 2012
By Jim Bowden | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Jeffrey PhelpsHe's headed to the team his father played for, but Prince will leave his own footprint.
While Cecil Fielder launched home runs for the Detroit Tigers from 1990-96, legend has it his 12-year-old son, Prince, hit a home run into the upper deck of cavernous Tiger Stadium.
Of course, legends are embellished, and Prince’s shot merely went over the fence and not into the upper deck. However, after signing a reported nine-year deal with the Tigers worth $214 million yesterday (remarkably close to our projections), it’s time a new legend of Prince began in Detroit.
It was a deal that came together quickly, not unlike how the Los Angeles Angels rocked baseball’s winter meetings by signing the top free-agent hitter in Albert Pujols and the top free-agent pitcher in C.J. Wilson.
It also was a deal that might never have happened were it not for Victor Martinez.