|You hate my contract and you still pick me?|
What You Need To Know: Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2002, Fielder joined the big club in 2005 and was anchored at first base until 2011. Upon becoming a free agent, he left Milwaukee for Detroit where he ended up signing a 9-year (which makes me slightly insane) contract worth $214 million (Prince, will you adopt me?). He's a power hitter who is surprisingly light on his feet for a guy who looks morbidly obese. He's also a bit of an iron man, having not missed a game since September 13, 2010. Remember, there are 162 games in the regular season. There are also many people (myself included) that believe a big reason Miguel Cabrera nabbed the first Triple Crown in 45 years is because Prince Fielder was hitting behind him in the lineup.
His Baggage: One as old as time - Daddy Issues. Prince's Daddy is Cecil Fielder, who was with the Tigers from 1990-1996. Prince was a fixture around the Tigers clubhouse as a kid, even taking batting practice. Urban legend has him smashing homeruns at old Tiger Stadium as a 12-year-old. Things started going downhill after Cecil left the game. Gambling problems and his divorce from Prince's mama made for hard feelings. Also the minor detail that when Cecil helped Prince negotiate his first major league contract that Cecil made damn sure that Cecil got paid. Father and son reportedly stopped speaking, although depending on what story you read these days they're mending fences.
|Home and a chick's name. That works.|
What Category Romance Line?: Reunited childhood sweethearts? Daddy Issues? A heroine who wants to help the hero work through his baggage? We have ourselves a Harlequin Superromance.