It came down to the last game of the season for Miguel Cabrera. With his Detroit Tigers assured a postseason berth and having sat in the 4th inning with a line of 0-2, all Cabrera could do was watch. With the end of the game came the celebration, not just because of the victory. Miguel Cabrera has now become one of the few baseball players to bring home a Triple Crown, joining Hall of Famers like Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig, and a host of other notable baseball names in the process. There are famous baseball stars, and there are triple crown winners.
“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,” said Cabrera after accomplishing the feat in a 1-0 victory by the Tigers over the Kansas City Royals. ”It was hard the last two days because everybody talked about it. I just had to focus, I had to go out there and do the job. The hardest part was to go out there and focus and win games. I said, ‘If we win the division, everything would take care of itself.’”
Cabrera finished with a .33o average, 44 home runs, and 139 RBIs, needing a last-minute win in the home runs and average columns over competitors like Mike Trout, Curtis Granderson, Josh Hamilton, and others. Cabrera is only the 15th triple crown winner in baseball history, and he’s the first since Boston Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski did it in 1967.
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