"I think Miguel Cabrera is probably going to have the biggest year of his life."
Okay, so maybe it's not that reasonable. Cabrera had the biggest year of his life last year, and that's a hard act to follow. Especially when it looks like you might be a raging drunk who might wind up in rehab. After the jump, Leyland deploys more hyperbole, then spices up the proceedings with a barnyard epithet ...
"Miguel Cabrera is in the best shape of his life. He's stronger than he's ever been. And he's quicker than he's ever been."
Now he's just toying with us, right? The best shape of his life, really? I think Leyland is secretly an Internet junkie and knows all about memes.
And the big finish:
"It has no effect. It might make some dramatic reading material. It's not going to do shit. Believe me. Nothing."
Leyland might be right. His reasoning, I think, is that Cabrera's been an alcoholic for a long time, and for a long time he's been one of the best hitters on the planet. Why should anything change now?