Monday, June 5

‘I think I might cry’

A rare moment occurred Thursday morning.

Miguel Cabrera, the future Hall of Famer, held court in front of his locker in the Detroit Tigers’ clubhouse. He is one hit away from becoming the 33rd player in MLB history to reach 3,000 hits.

The focus is on him, and he accepted the attention gracefully. A herd of reporters gathered around his locker, and Cabrera just kept talking — about his emotions approaching the milestone, about his desire to win, about Venezuela, about the Tigers’ future, about his family, about the late Al Kaline and much more.

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“I think I might cry,” Cabrera said.

Tigers designated hitter Miguel Cabrera looks on during an at-bat in the eighth inning of the Tigers' 7-4 loss on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The 39-year-old, in his 20th season, went 3-for-4 in Wednesday’s 5-2 loss to the New York Yankees at Comerica Park, putting him on the doorstep of becoming the seventh player in history with at least 500 home runs and 3,000 hits.

“It’s about winning,” Cabrera said.

His father, also named Miguel, called him from Venezuela on Wednesday night, explaining he had to close his eyes during Cabrera’s final at-bat. He struck out swinging in the eighth inning, leaving him at 2,999 hits.

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