Like just about every other Tigers fan, I was incensed with Prince Fielder last postseason (and to be fair, the previous year's postseason). He was awful when we needed him the most. Miggy was at about 25% yet still slapping singles and heroically playing third base and our starting pitchers were DOMINATING Boston. If Prince shows up at all, we probably win at least one more game and get a game 7 (despite the grand slams). Bottom line: The Tigers probably should have won the World Series last year despite Miguel's injury. When it was over, Prince's attitude added insult to injury to Tigers fans. "It's over bro, etc".
When the trade went down this Fall, I was elated. Not because I dislike Prince Fielder, but because it was pretty obvious that he was a rapidly depreciating asset that would have been an absolute stranglehold on our team's finances for nearly the next decade. Dave Dombrowski deserves a shrine for that trade alone. The Tigers will remain competitive and flexible for years to come thanks to this move.
Now, the word came today that Prince is out for the year with a herniated disc that will require surgery. Prince hadn't missed a game in 505 games and has NEVER been on the DL his entire career. Say what you will about the above, the guy came to work every day and played hard and he was fun to watch.
I'm glad we don't have this problem on our hands right now, but I'm not glad it's happening to Prince. For all tends and purposes he was a great teammate, helped Miggy win back-to-back MVP awards and came through with a lot of big hits in his short stint with the team. Just none in the postseason. He may have pulled an AROD in that respect, but he certainly doesn't deserve the spite and vitriol AROD does.