Prince Fielder #84 of the Texas Rangers watches as he grounds into a double play in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 7, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Prince Fielder played for the Detroit Tigers for two years after signing a nine-year, $214 million contract with the Tigers following the 2011 season, playing in the city where his father, Cecil, made his name as one of baseball's most feared sluggers.
It seemed like a marriage made in heaven, but it quickly soured after two subpar postseason for Prince and some Tony Romo-esque comments that rubbed Tigers fans the wrong way following the team's playoff exit last season.
So in November, the Tigers and Texas Rangers worked out a deal to swap superstars and cash as the Rangers sent Ian Kinsler to Detroit and got Fielder and cash in return. So far, Fielder's performance hasn't lived up to his standards, and definitely not the Rangers' or anyone's in baseball.
So when asked how he felt about a return to Detroit this week when the Rangers head to the Motor City for a four-game set starting Thursday, Fielder quipped back pretty quickly after missing his third straight game Tuesday with a herniated disk in his neck after originally being in Tuesday's lineup and later scratched.
“I don't give a (expletive) about the Detroit series,” Fielder told reporters Tuesday. “I just want to get back.”
You wouldn't have expected a warm reception in Detroit for Fielder, anyway. Nothing like Josh Hamilton in Texas or anything, but not all cheers. Now, there probably won't be many. But obviously all Fielder is concerned with is actually being on the field for the games, as he should be.