Before Prince Fielder had enough clout to earn a $214 million free-agent contract with the Tigers, he was a gregarious youngster who always found a way to surprise.

Doctors told Fielder's mother, Stacey August, he would be 11 pounds at birth.

Prince ended up 8.

At 15 months, Prince started grabbing hair brushes and pencils so he could mimic his father, former Tigers slugger Cecil Fielder, and his peers.

By the time Prince could walk, he would slide on the floor of the family's modest apartment in Knoxville, Tenn., yelling "Safe!"