Becoming a Legend!

October 5, 2012

Happy Friday Everyone!

I know that my last post was all about baseball, but I’m sorry, something HUGE happened in the world of baseball on Wednesday night. The first Triple Crown was hit since 1967. To hit the triple crown, you have to have the highest number of home runs, the most RBI’s (runs batted in, and the highest batting average, in a single season. Imagine being the best, in all three, in one year….Miguel Cabrera, the third baseman for the Detroit Tigers, swung his way to fame by belting 44 homeruns, hitting a .330 average, and bringing in 139 RBI’s.

Cabrera will now be associated with the names of some of the best baseball players in the history of the sport. Cabrera joins Red Sox greats, Carl Yastrzemski and Ted Williams. Both players are Red Sox legends, having their numbers, 8 and 9, retired. Ted Williams is the last player to hit an average of over .400. Williams’ career was interrupted by his decorated time in WWII that took four seasons out of his time as an active member of the Red Sox. Had Williams not lost those years, who knows how much stronger his numbers would have been. In this day and age, it is incredibly unlikely that no one will bat .400. But, with this new accomplishment by Cabrera, his name is now right up there with Williams and Yastrzemski.

Another name that is among those legendary triple crown winners is the luckiest man on the face of the Earth, Lou Gehrig. Even though Gehrig was a Yankee, it’s impossible not to respect him. He was one of the greatest hitters of all time! Cabrera’s name will now be spoken with the likes of Lou Gehrig, a member of arguably the best team in the history of baseball, the 1927 Yankees.

Miguel Cabrera has done nearly the impossible. His name will always be remembered as one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Cabrera is also a strong candidate for the American League MVP award. Wednesday was really a historic day for the baseball community.

Until next time,





2 Responses

  1. Avatar Charlie Newell says:

    Good morning, Alec: Another great Glog on Baseball !!! Your tribute to Ted Williams and his service as a Marine Corps Fighter Pilot pays tribute to one of the greatest Red Sox ever. In addition to the time you mentioned that he lost during his service in WWII, he also went back into the Marines during the Korean War and lost almost all of the 1952 and 1953 seasons. Think he got a total of around 60 at bats those two years. Thanks for highlighting what it his career figures would have been if he played those years instead of performing his Patriotic Duties. He was a true American Hero. Another interesting note but this deals with Yastrzemski, Cabrera, The Triple Crown and the Media. The media spotlight has been on Cabrera the past few weeks and fans have been aware of his quest during that time. They were talking about this on NESN last night and the comment was made that Yaz didn’t realize that he had won the Triple Crown until he read it in the paper the morning after the season’s last game!!!!!! Media times have changed since 1967. Keep up the great Glogs. Don’t know what I’ll do once the Baseball season is over.

  2. Avatar Dr. Don says:

    Alec, Charlie Newell and I are of one mind when it comes to remembering the likes of Ted “The Kid” Williams and Yaz. I mean, we listened to their games on the RADIO! (Imagine: no one but the one, the only Ted Williams has ever batted over .400 since then — Ted Williams, who spent his whole career — interrupted by Marine Corps service — with our beloved Red Sox.. Think of it: being a hero for succeeding at something only 4 times out of 10 tries and staying loyal to one team all those seasons!)

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