Miguel Cabrera became just the 15th player to win baseball’s Triple Crown this past Wednesday night in Kansas City. Cabrera topped the AL with a .330 batting average, 139 RBIs and 44 homers, becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 45 years.
Cabrera was just 16 years old when he was signed by a major league franchise. He now joins an elite list including Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig and Ted Williams. Ted Keith, editor of Sports Illustrated, said, “This is the historic achievement that not just Miguel Cabrera has been chasing, guys like Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, Barry Bonds– you take a look at any of the great baseball players of the last 45 years. Hank Aaron never did this.”
Cabrera waited out the final moments in his bid for the Triple Crown in the visiting clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium. He was joined in the clubhouse by Justin Verlander, Prince Fielder and a few other teammates. Cabrera comments on this, “It was like, everybody said to me it was unbelievable. They were excited to see this, enjoy this, be a part of something big, and winning, I feel better.”
After leading his team to the American League Central title, Cabrerra will now have the chance to bring the Tigers to the World Series when they open the post season Saturday against Oakland. “The hardest part,” Cabrera explained, “was to go out there and focus and win games. I said, ‘If we win the division, everything would take care of itself.'”
And that is exactly what happened. “It’s an unbelievable feeling,” he said. “I can’t describe the feeling right now.”
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