DETROIT — The first question may as well have been a fastball up and in.
All Lou Whitaker came to Comerica Park to do was throw out the first pitch for Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.
It was a welcome home for a player who spent all 19 years of his career with the Tigers, winning a World Series in 1984.
But the chatter started as soon as the Tigers obtained Jose Iglesias in a three-team deal at the trade deadline in July.
No one had worn Whitaker’s No. 1 jersey since he retired after the 1995 season.
The question was what Whitaker made of Iglesias being the first person to wear the number in 18 years. “I get the toughest question right off the bat, don’t I?,” Whitaker said, joking. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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