Zimmer passes on Leyland's All-Star invite
Rays senior adviser Don Zimmer turned down an invitation to be an honorary coach on close friend Jim Leyland’s American League staff at the July 16 All-Star Game in New York.
And he did so in classic Zimmer style.
Leyland, whose Tigers lost the World Series to the Giants, sought and received permission from Major League Baseball officials for the move, but Zimmer, 82, declined due to the travel issues since he undergoes dialysis treatment three days a week in St. Petersburg.
But Zimmer still had fun with the invite.
“A few weeks ago (Leyland) called me and said, ‘I want you to be an honorary coach for me at the All-Star Game,’ ” Zimmer said Sunday. “I said, ‘I don’t want to travel.’ He said, ‘Not even for me?’ I said, ‘No, I don’t want to travel.’ The next day I called him back and said, ‘(Giants manager) Bruce Bochy called me, and he wanted me to be a coach for him. And I accepted it, because I want to be with a winner.’ ”
Joking aside, Zimmer plans to watch on TV.