LAKELAND, Fla. — Relief pitcher Willie Hernandez of the Detroit Tigers dumped ice water on a sportswriter Wednesday, accusing the writer of having turned Tiger fans against him.
Columnist Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press was sitting in the Tigers' clubhouse at their spring training camp, talking with pitcher Frank Tanana when the incident occurred.
Hernandez, without saying a word, picked up a large bucket of ice water, poured it over Albom's head, then threw the bucket onto the floor and walked away, muttering.
Albom remained seated, but said: "You're a class act, Willie. I wasn't even talking to you."
Hernandez said later that Albom was to blame for the way fans at Tiger Stadium have booed him in recent seasons. Hernandez claimed that Albom called him a crybaby in a column last year.