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Miguel Cabrera Wins Triple Crown, First in 45 Years

The Detroit Tigers took a 1 — 0 victory against Kansas City, but that’s not what has everyone in the Big D celebrating today. It’s not what had Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland tearing up in his eyes; and it’s not why general manager Dave Dombrowski kept reminding everyone to enjoy the moment. This had little to do with the win, and everything to do with the fact that Miguel Cabrera had just made history by winning the Triple Crown.

Last night saw the close of MLB’s regular season, and Cabrera finished it off with 139 RBIs, 44 homeruns, and hitting a .330 batting average. This makes him the leader of the league in all three categories, earning him a Triple Crown, and being just the 15th player in MLB history to do so. Aside from the unbelievable stats, there’s a reason for the celebration. It simply doesn’t come along that often. The last time someone won the Triple Crown, it was when Carl Yastrzemski played for the Boston Red Sox in 1967.

“Everybody said to me it was unbelievable. They were all excited to see this, enjoy this, be a part of something big,” Cabrera said after the game.

And it wasn’t just Detroit fans that were cheering. Everyone knew that they were not only witnessing history, but that they were actually getting a chance to be a part of it. That was something that Cabrera didn’t take for granted, and he said so after the game.

“It was like playing at home, having all the fans cheer for you,” he said. “It was an unbelievable feeling, and I was very thankful for the fans in Kansas City.”

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