Ninth inning. Two on. Two out. Two strikes. Most hitters wilt under this certain pressure, but not Miguel Cabrera. Instead, more often than not, it's the pitchers who wilt against Cabrera at the dish and make the first mistake.
Add Tommy Hunter to that ever growing list. Despite trouble, the Baltimore Orioles' closer thought he had Cabrera put away and a 1-0 win secured, but hung a pitch up in the zone and quickly paid for it. Cabrera launched the ball into the straightaway left center field bullpens, giving Detroit a 3-1 lead, Baltimore had done everything right but get Cabrera out one more time.
If that isn't the mark of a superstar that deserves to collect one of the richest contracts in baseball, who knows what is. In the age of confusing metrical stats such as WHIP and WAR, baseball needs to invent a new abbreviation: GWIOS (games won in one swing). It's likely Cabrera would lead the league in that category every year, with his closest competition likely coming from David Ortiz.
With his game changing at-bat Tuesday, Cabrera proved why nobody should worry about his early-season struggles, nor be concerned about how his recently inked contract will look six years from now. Cabrera's best work is done in the biggest moments, which is why he'll always be the envy of the league, no matter his age or whether or not his batting average looks superhuman at any given time.
Cabrera always earns his keep in the clutch, during batting sickness and in health, and will continue to do so well into the future. That's the mark of a guy who's worth keeping around forever, no matter the cost.
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