The Detroit Tigers didn’t arrive at Progressive Field Monday until 4:25 p.m. – just two hours and 40 minutes before the scheduled first pitch of the first game of the three-game series. After completing a series sweep at Boston's Fenway Park, the Tigers’ private plane had mechanical issues as it prepared to pull out of town around 1 a.m.
With it being so late, the team decided to just stay in Boston for the night and then head to Cleveland Monday morning. However, the Tigers had trouble finding a hotel that could accommodate a traveling party that required 60 rooms. Once they finally did around 3 a.m., the players realized they didn’t have their luggage. Thus, they didn’t have any clean clothes or personal toiletries.
“Some of us didn't brush our teeth, we had the hotel mouthwash,” Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter told the Assosciated Press. “Some guys didn't shower and just stink.”
As the team finally arrived in Cleveland, the players were clad head-to-toe in orange, white and navy blue tiger-striped cotton pantsuits that could have doubled as pajamas. The Indians clubhouse personnel were nice enough to lend a hand by washing the opponent’s dirty laundry. No word as to whether they threw in any extra starch in certain areas or used extra hot water for shrinkage.
Despite the Tigers being a tired group grumpy from one long travel day, Indians manager Terry Francona was still leary of the prospect of facing the division rival that happens to be the best team in the major leagues with a 27-12 record.
“I think I’d actually rather see their Triple-A team,” Francona joked. Well, at least it sounded like he was kidding.