This American League Division Series was not a stretch he has spent wide-eyed and awake when he should be sleeping. As tough as Wednesday's loss in Game 4 proved, Leyland said, he was fine.
How can Leyland rest easy after a game like that? Long story short, his team played a clean game, even during the ninth-inning A's rally that forced Game 5.
"I know this sounds crazy, because we were all a little heartbroken," Leyland said. "I wasn't as upset as everybody was last night and I'll tell you why. We didn't walk them. We didn't hit a batter. We didn't make an error. We didn't throw the ball away. We didn't make a bad fundamental play. They beat us. They earned it. They hit the ball. They stroked the ball off [Jose] Valverde good last night.
"Were we all a little heartbroken? Sure. But you know what, they earned it. We didn't kick the ball around. He didn't walk guys. Nobody made a stupid mistake. That's the beauty of the game, and they earned it."