Jim Harbaugh to coach first base for the Tigers in a spring training game


University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh will be in Bradenton, Florida next week for some dumb football thing. No, I have no idea what it is, but it is a football thing so it’s, by definition, dumb. The details are unimportant.

What is important is that on one of the days he’ll be there — next Wednesday to be specific — the Tigers will be traveling from Lakeland over to McKechnie Field in Bradenton to take on the Pirates, which gives him a chance to demonstrate some Michigan sports synergy:

Harbaugh will coach first base for the Tigers for at least one inning in the game, sources Saturday confirmed to The Detroit News on Saturday. There also is the possibility he may don a Pirates jersey and coach an inning for Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle, a Big Rapids native and noted Michigan fan.

Harbaugh did this for the A’s last year. I don’t have any memory of that, but I assume it’l be intense. Hopefully he can even recreate the “There’s no crying in baseball” speech. Or, given how he acts on the sidelines, maybe he’ll just inspire Brad Ausmus or Clint Hurdle or someone to give it to him.