Coaches' meetings doubling as snack time

Coaches' meetings doubling as snack time

DETROIT -- Pitchers have their detailed routines to get ready for a game. Hitters have their pregame rituals. What does the coaching staff do?

Apparently, they eat ice cream.

"I have a Nutty Buddy about a half-hour before the game, every day," manager Jim Leyland admitted Monday morning. "That's our little ritual."

It's not just Leyland. The coaches meet in his office.

"All the coaches," Leyland said. "Some have a popsicle. Some have a Nutty Buddy. Some have a Klondike. It's good. There have been several games I've managed with the Tigers that I had chocolate all over my uniform, but nobody ever noticed."