Prince Fielder of the Detroit Tigers is going to be playing just a little bit happier in the coming days. For one reason or another, Fielder takes pride in being Major League Baseball's Iron Man - which is the title given to the player with the active lead in consecutive games played. He was previously the leader when he played 327 consecutive games between Sept. 4, 2008 and Sept. 13, 2010, but missed the game due to flu-like symptoms.â†µ
He was definitely upset when he lost the title, and went as far as to have an IV drip in the hours leading up to the game to try and make a last-ditch effort to play. Now he's got the title back. Fielder hasn't missed a game since Sept. 14, 2010 - the day after he lost the title, and has played in 217 straight games.â†µ
Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers was the leader until his streak of 399 games was snapped on Monday. MLive.com has some good quotes from Fielder, who is clearly happy to have the title again. Will he get past his mark of 327, and then Kemp's mark of 399, though?