The headline is not meant to imply that the American League life of the Red Sox is easier now that Tigers' manager Jim Leyland has decided to retire after his club's defeat in the ALCS -- instead, it's in reference to this classy nugget:
Leyland told team after Game 6 Saturday, but he wanted to wait until Monday for announcement, wanted weekend to be about Red Sox winning.— Danny Knobler (@DannyKnoblerCBS) October 21, 2013
That was a very thoughtful gesture by Leyland, who has been in the game as a manager since 1986, and knows both triumph and loss in that role. Kudos should also be extended to all of his players and any media that might have overheard the news for not spreading the word before Monday, allowing the Red Sox their moment and granting Leyland his last wish as manager of one of the AL's best clubs.
The game will be less without Leyland around, as he's been one of the more colorful characters around, always great for a quote or a laugh or both. He's set to officially announce his exit with a press conference at 11:30 eastern, according to Ken Rosenthal.
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