Miggy's Walk-Off Homer, His Aches and Pains and a Fan Booing
June 16th, 2017, 8:08 AM
It hasn't been a typical season for Tigers' slugger Miguel Cabrera. He's hitting below .300 and up until Wednesday night, he hadn't had a homer since May 20.
On Wednesday night, he brought some magic to Comerica Park when he blasted a two-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth to lift the team to a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
It hasn't been easy, writes Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News:
Cabrera quietly admitted he hurts in all sorts of places — “My back, my hip flexor, my groin” — but added, “I don’t want to say, I don’t hit, so I got something. I don’t want an excuse.”
Then there was the fan who booed Cabrera on Wednesday night.
“(The fans) do get feisty,” pitcher Justin Verlander said. “I heard a guy boo Miguel when he came off the field and that was kind of disheartening. He was rather boisterous about it, too.
"That’s ridiculous, that’s disappointing to hear, what that guy’s done for this city and this franchise. You’re talking a stretch of a couple months, when what he’s done over the last 10 years has been nothing short of extraordinary. I think everybody could be a little more positive. There are a lot of things that you could look at and say the tide will turn, there is a bright side. Some guys aren’t performing like we expected them to, but it’s always easier to look at the negative.”