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Jim Leyland clearly enjoying retirement, takes first selfie, does karaoke (pic/vid)


Jim Leyland, up until his resignation as manager of the Detroit Tigers on Oct. 21, 2013, has been involved in professional baseball in some way, shape or form, since the early 1960s.

Sure, the Tigers gave him the token title of special assistant last winter, but that is more an honorary position than one that requires a lot of work and time commitment.

With that in mind, Leyland, 69, has spent his entire adult life — and probably most of his youth — at the ballpark or at least thinking about baseball.

Considered a curmudgeonly type throughout his esteemed managing career, Leyland was the old school baseball type, standing around the batting cage, eating, drinking and sleeping baseball, except when he had a cigarette hanging cockeyed out of his mouth.

But that label wasn’t entirely accurate. Leyland was known to let loose every once in a while, to enjoy himself, to cut a rug even, to have a good time.

Now that he’s retired, Leyland has a lot of catching up to do, a lot of living, a lot of making up for lost time, most of which spent at the ballpark.

This is plainly evident by Leyland’s antics on Thursday, when he appeared to be reclaiming some of his lost youth … by snapping a selfie and doing some karaoke.

The above foray into selfie-ness was taken Thursday night and posted to Twitter (although Leyland likely would refer to it as “Tweeter” or some variation of that) by Jordan Field, Director of the Detroit Tigers Foundation.

Either before or after taking the selfie, Leyland engaged in some onstage singing, performing the Toby Keith diddy, “Who’s Your Daddy?”

Not too shabby, although that shouldn’t be that surprising. After all, Leyland did once say that had it not been baseball, he may have pursued a career in the music business.

Keep on keeping on, Jim Leyland. Enjoy your retirement. It’s almost like Leyland is a character in the classic “Twilight Zone” episode, “Kick the Can,” but all the years of chain smoking prevented him from turning back into a child. But that’s alright. It’s what’s inside that counts.

[H/T CBS Detroit, Hardball Talk]