Published September 02, 2013
Should Detroit fans be worried?
Mr. Triple Crown Miguel Cabrera sat out the past two games with an abdominal strain.
Maybe, he'll play Monday at Boston. Maybe, he won't.
Maybe, he'll just play a few innings, which is what he did Thursday and Friday in Cleveland before exiting early because of that nagging injury.
What we do know is that the 2013 AL MVP indicated to FOX Sports MLB Insider Jon Paul Morosi in Detroit on Friday that team goals are more important than individual rewards.
Video: Morosi: Tougher for Cabrera to get 2nd Triple Crown
Cabrera is willing to rest and slow down his chase to become the first back-to-back Triple Crown winner in history. He leads the AL and the majors in batting average (.358) and RBI (130), while sitting just four HRs behind Baltimore's Chris Davis.
Think Rickey Henderson or Barry Bonds would put team first?
Of course, Cabrera might just be playing nice and saying what the Tigers want him to.
But it makes sense.
He's already done the Triple Crown thing. He's already won a World Series, too, capturing a title with the 2003 Marlins when he was a 20-year-old rookie.
But isn't winning team championships what this is all about? Ask Ernie Banks or Ken Griffey Jr. about never playing in a World Series.
Plus, you can bet Cabrera and the Tigers haven't forgotten the sour taste of last year's conclusion, a 4-0 sweep by the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.
So cap's off to Miggy for putting team first ... as long as the injury isn't that serious.
Then Detroit fans would have something to worry about ...
However, it is the 25-year anniversary of Kirk Gibson's hobbling homer vs. Dennis Eckersley and the A's in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series .
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Can you picture Miggy recreating the arm-pumping slugger rounding first base in a late October game?
But what if it's at Dodger Stadium?
To be continued ...