Jose Lima was animated. He was loud, unmissable, a presence on the mound and off of it. He was completely bonkers and didn’t particularly care who knew it.
Jose Lima was never as good with the Tigers as he was in the National League. But he was always good for a dance, often on the mound, and if there was ever a need for a pitcher to sing, Lima was there. He spoke his mind, for good or ill. He declared his pitching outings to be Lima Time, to the delight of fans following his team and the irritation of fans following his opponents. He drove his catchers bonkers, but then they could hardly keep from laughing too (as Brandon Inge can attest).
Jose Lima played almost 5 seasons with the Tigers. He was sometimes exasperating, almost always entertaining. He was 37 years old.