Jim Leyland is old school.
Not necessarily the kind of old school that rips into Yasiel Puig for being a tad too exuberant on the field. The kind of old school who respects his opponent, and is willing to show it.
After the Tigers' 7-3 victory Wednesday night in Game 4 of the ALCS, which tied the series at two games each, Leyland showed just how old school he is.
"In my opinion," he said, "the two best teams are playing for the American League championship. That's my personal opinion."
And then he went on to explain why he so respects the Red Sox.
"You saw how this is such a dangerous team" in the way they battled back from a 7-0 deficit on Thursday. "They just never quit. They got a bunch of veterans . . . They really grind it out. They never think they're out of it.
"My hat's off to them. They're very tough."
Leyland's got enough new school in him, though, to praise his own team as well.
"And I think we showed tonight that we're tough, too," he said.