The Detroit Tigers have been in Lakeland, FL for Spring Training since February 17th (pitchers and catchers reported on February 13th). Most fans take spring training with a grain of salt. The games don’t mean anything, you see a bunch of players that you’ve never heard of, and you might see a famous person taking the field in games such as Garth Brooks who played in spring training games for the Padres, Royals, and Mets. Will Ferrell who played all nine positions for ten different teams in one day for charity, or Billy Crystal who led off a game in spring training for the Yankees after his 60th birthday, just to name a few. However, arguably the best part of spring training is the player-fan interactions that take place. One of those interactions you can see in this video shared by Miguel Cabrera via his Twitter account.
What a pleasure to meet children with this amazing talent. God bless you and allow you to grow personally and professionally. #Miggy24 https://t.co/f6EN7Iz9DA pic.twitter.com/mHnDLCODNd
— Miguel Cabrera (@MiguelCabrera) February 28, 2018
It is safe to say that Miggy made that kids day, and gave him a memory to last a lifetime. These type of player-fan interactions usually do not happen during the regular season as the players are more focused on the game. Sure players will sign autographs during pre-game warmups, but that usually entitles tossing down whatever you want to be signed by the player and the player tossing whatever back to you. Spring training is arguably the closest you can get to ballplayers, especially the likes of Miguel Cabrera.
It is no secret that Cabrera struggled last season. Posting numbers that were the worst in what is most certainly a hall of fame career. Batting .249 with only 16 home runs and 60 runs batted in. As Tiger fans, we all hope Miguel can go back to hitting over .300 and knocking in over 100 runs. However, it is exchanges like this that endears Miggy to Detroit, and its fans.