Verlander gets chippy with Royals' Melky Cabrera
"Coming off a nine-inning game, he (Leyland) was probably thinking give me a little bit of rest, I guess. I'd have been more than glad to go back out, but he stuck his hand out, and I shook it, so that pretty much seals the deal," Verlander said with a wry smile after the game.
So who exactly was the Tigers' ace so cheesed off at? The Royals' No. 2 hitter, Melky Cabrera, who'd just popped out to Don Kelly in left field to end the eighth inning. And it wasn't because Cabrera had broken up Verlander's no-hitter two innings earlier, with an RBI triple that was the first hit allowed by Verlander in 51 batters, a span of 15 2/3 innings, dating back to May 2.
Why was he mad? It's best explained in Justin's own words in the video:
(And my apologies for the less-than-stellar videography. The mob gets pushy around an interviewee at times, forcing vantage-point changes quite often.)