Leyland enjoying quite a ride with Tigers

In his 20 seasons as a major league manager, Jim Leyland has won two pennants and a World Series — so far.

This year's Detroit Tigers have work to do if they want to add to Leyland's haul. They trail the Texas Rangers 3-2 in the AL championship series. But no matter what happens this weekend when the teams meet again, Leyland seems determined to enjoy every moment.

The veteran manager says he's not sure he's ever been prouder of a team than this one.

At the start of the year, Leyland faced an uncertain future, with his contract set to expire after the 2011 season. He received a one-year extension in August, just before the Tigers pulled away to win the AL Central easily.