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Don't Mess with Detroit Tigers' Slugger Miguel Cabrera

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COMMENTARY | Don't poke the bear. It's an old saying that's been around for dozens of years, advising someone to use caution when danger lurks.

Apparently, the Tampa Bay Rays never got that memo.

During the second-to-last meeting between the Rays and Detroit Tigers this season, Tampa Bay closer Fernando Rodney buzzed Miguel Cabrera inside the zone with a fastball just below the chin. Cabrera went on to strike out and returned to the Tigers' dugout displeased with his former teammate's intimidation effort.

The 30-year-old slugger then engaged in a one-man shouting match with the Rays' dugout. Though it was hard to make out exactly what was said, it'd be no surprise if Cabrera was warning his opponents about what was coming.

It was more than obvious that Cabrera was going to make the Rays pay after messing with baseball's best player. Not even 24 hours after Rodney poked the bear, Cabrera wound up doing just that the best way he knows how to: with one swing of the bat.

He effortlessly crushed the Jeremy Hellickson offering into the ray tank located in right-center field for his 25th home run of the season.

Not many major leaguers can say they've accomplished the impressive feat. In fact, Cabrera became only the second player to hit a home run into the ray tank, joining Luis Gonzalez, who did so during the 2007 campaign with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Tigers wound up falling to the Rays 3-1, but you have to admire Cabrera's admiration for wanting to make his presence known. It's almost like the Incredible Hulk. But instead of Hulk Smash, it was Miggy Smash on the last day of June.

Don't mess with Cabrera. Consider this a lesson learned by the other 28 major league teams, because he will make you pay the one way he knows how to: with one monstrous swing of the bat.

Ricky Lindsay has followed the Detroit Tigers and Major League Baseball with a close eye from Metro Detroit for several years. He's the sports editor for his college newspaper, The Michigan Journal, and broadcasts games for the Michigan Lightning, a semi-professional football team.

You can find him on Twitter @RLindz35.

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