The Tigers weren’t moonwalking. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The Detroit Tigers’ latest division title brought a different reaction from Jim Leyland.

The manager with the deceptively gruff, tough demeanor teared up after the Tigers clinched the American League Central Division with a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Oh, and he also moonwalked.

But first, the tears.

“This was a tough year for the guys because the expectations were so high and it was almost like we were set up to fail. And from Day 1 of spring training I told them,” Leyland said (via as he choked up,  “don’t get caught up in the expectations. Get caught up in how we’re going to live up to those expectations. And I think that’s what they’ve done.

“And I want to say thank you to our fans. I’m so proud you, of what you’ve done for our ballclub. And what you’ve done for me since I’ve been here. And I just hope that, I just hope that you feel like you’re getting your money’s worth. Because we try to entertain you. You keep coming out. I can’t tell you what you mean to us. It’s like a sixth man.”

Then, there was something like a moonwalk.

“This old man is the funniest guy,” outfielder Torii Hunter told CBS Detroit in August. “He has that cigarette, man. I tell you, he’s like an old school pimp. He has the coolest cigarette smoke ever. I gotta say Leyland, man, is probably one of my favorite managers of all time. …

”When we win sometimes he’s excited, he does the moonwalk. Can you believe it? He moonwalks in the clubhouse. I’m like ‘Did anybody just see this?’”

H/T Mlive for the GIF.

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