Detroit Tigers’ third baseman Miguel Cabrera arrived to Spring Training on Friday morning, and there was much rejoice.
I don’t mean to marginalize any of the other Tigers, they’re going to need all of them to make a run at the title, but this is the first time in 45 years for any team in baseball to have the reigning Batting Triple Crown winner report to their Spring Training.
“What’s done in 2012 is over. You don’t have to think about how good you played last year. You need to think about moving forward and trying to help your team win games this year,” Cabrera stated. Clearly, this big cat is still hungry, and there’s not enough Fancy Feast in the whole world to satisfy him.
He’s always going to want more and he’s always going to be trying to better himself as a player. It’s one thing to be talented, but it’s another thing to be talented and have his work ethic and drive to keep improving. Who knows where I might have ended up had I had the work ethic to accompany my raw, unadulterated talent for Crash Bandicoot all those years ago.
Cabrera is a player that will not soon be forgotten. 50 years from now when your grandchildren take a break from their even-more-drinkable yogurts, their Next Pepsi Nexts, and from watching Die Hard 15: Not Hard Enough on plasma-ray and ask you about what it was like to watch the great Miguel Cabrera suit up for your Tigers, well, you’ll have plenty to talk about—Cabrera will continue to make sure of that.