You can't avoid the word.
Big deal. Big name. Big contract. Big man.
Big money. Big risk. Big upside. Big story.
"Big" is hardly a new adjective when it comes to Prince Fielder. Some of us remember him as an oversize schoolkid wandering around the Tigers' clubhouse in the early 1990s. He would sit by his dad Cecil's locker, eating the post-game food -- a Prince on a throne -- and the word we whispered then is the word we scream today.
Only now it's not "big for his age," it's big bat, big home runs, big RBIs and a really big contract. A nine-year deal in the vicinity of $214 million that easily smashes the record for Detroit players and makes the 27-year-old slugger a focal point for the entire baseball nation.