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Tigers' Cabrera Wins Triple Crown, Seals Place in History: Fan Reaction

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Their names are synonymous with greatness in the game of professional baseball. Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Ty Cobb… they all have their place in the rich legacy of the game for doing feats that many, in their time, felt were to be not easily replicated. The Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera now finds himself among those names who have performed on the field in ways which seemed only achievable by the truly superhuman. Sadly, whether because of his team affiliation, heritage or race, his achievement continues to hold shop buried within the bustle of the "information age."

On October 3, 2012, Cabrera became the first player in 45 years to win baseball's hitting Triple Crown, leading all others in home runs (44), runs batted in (139) and batting average (.330). Also the first Latino player to be etched in the annals of the Triple Crown, he solidified himself in the position many Tigers fans already knew he was in: the best and most consistent hitter the game has seen in over a decade.

Though his feat has been, relatively, unnoticed by the majority of the clueless masses, dumbed-down by the continuous influx of instant information, that's precisely where Cabrera, the Tigers and their fans would like it to be. Had the Triple Crown discussion been centered around anyone else, taking the Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton or the Anaheim Angels' Mike Trout, for example, the media frenzy would have been immense in size. Why? Simply put, it's because he's not as marketable, "baby-faced" or Caucasian, by comparison. Had we been following the progress of a Hamilton or Trout Triple Crown bid, there would have, undoubtedly, been media coverage the likes of which we've seldom witnessed, throughout humanity's reign.

Cabrera isn't the most popular of players. He has battled his alcoholic demons, which caused him great difficulty with the law and his family. He's not perfect. However, the great ones never are. Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle - all phenomenal players on the field, but described as "jerks" outside of the game. Though not nearly fitting of the label, to that extent, what he has done on the field rivals anything done by the greats.

Miguel Cabrera has solidified himself as one of the game's all-time greats and an icon, not just in Venezuela, but worldwide. One day, the untold story of him life and time in the game of baseball will rival that of those in his company.

The author, D. Benjamin Satkowiak, is a successful entrepreneur and published, freelance author, who has tailored works on various sports, health and fitness topics. He currently serves as a Yahoo! Contributor Network "Featured Contributor" and writes on the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, Great Lakes Loons and Notre Dame football.
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