Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #697 - Miguel Cabrera Milestone - 1000 XBH
I am approaching a milestone for the blog, and last night, Miguel Cabrera reached a milestone in Baseball. (I would like to remind everyone, and you, Mom, that I capitalize Baseball because I think of it like a religion, and one capitalizes those names.)
I am on the eve of day 700 since you passed away, Mom.
Last night, Miguel Cabrera knocked two doubles and his 1000th extra base hit (XBH) in his Baseball career. As the graphic shows, he's the 39th player in major league history to launch 1000 or more extra base hits. Current players who have achieved this milestone include Albert Pujols (1223), Adrian Beltre(1074), and Carlos Beltran (1052). Here's the LIST.
Obviously, Hank Aaron (1477) tops the list followed by the controversial, drug-enhanced Barry Bonds (1440). Alex Rodriguez who will surely be elected to the Hall of Fame, or should be despite the controversy surrounding his career, which is the same conundrum as with Bonds, sits at 6th on the list with 1275 extra base hits. Many Baseball pundits like to argue the legitimacy of A-Rod's and Bonds' feats and numbers compared to Aaron, Stan Musial (1377), or Willie Mays (1323), who achieved these milestones without the enhancement of PEDs. I don't care about those debates. They're interesting, but the PED hitters still excelled in an era in which many players were taking PEDs. I don't like the "asterisk" next to records (see Roger Maris as an example - asterisk).
Cabrera can move up this list pretty quickly. This weekend he could take 38th (1003) set by former Tiger Gary Sheffield. This year, he could make up to between 27th (Chipper Jones = 1055) and 26th Mel Ott (1071) as last year he hit 72 XBH. I could take the time to calculate an exact average of XBH per year, but simply with 1000 as of last night, and a 15 year career, though that first year was half a season, so a 14.5 year career, he's at 68.97 XBH/year, and he out-performed his own average last year. See Miguel Cabrera career stats.
Miguel Cabrera is a special player. I had my eye on him and had added him to fantasy teams before the Detroit Tigers acquired him. I have been thinking of trading him from my keeper league when his value is high, and now may be the right time.
Anyway, I like the listen to Tigers games in bed. I plug one ear into the ear bud that is connected to the radio, and in this way, I can talk to my wife if needed. I quickly take out the ear bud, if I need to give her my full attention. I started listening to the game a bit late as I forgot that they were back home and the game would start around 7 p.m. Plus I had been mowing the lawn. By the time, I was settled in bed and listening, I thought I heard wrong when Dan Dickerson said the score was 10-2. I quickly checked the box score, fearing that the Tigers were DOWN by that score only to find out that they were up 10-2, and they went on to win the game 15-5.
So, hats off to Miguel Cabrera for reaching that milestone. He's one of my all-time favorite Tigers and all-time favorite Baseball players.
I am reaching a milestone of my own. Two days after the anniversary of 700 days since your death, Mom, I will post Hey Mom #700. I never intended to continue my Hey Mom feature indefinitely. I was going to stop at one year, 365 posts, as I did with my T-shirts Blog. But the daily posting thing has become a great outlet for me, part of my routine, and part of my identity, and I plan to keep it going. The only significance of 700 is that it's another 100 and close to the mark of two years (730).
Two years ago at this time was right before you started dying, Mom, and then I had to sit by and watch you die.
Two years later, Watch me live, carrying your memory and your love in my heart, with my always.
Watch people like Miguel Cabrera do great things.
We need great things because we have a petulant lunatic and asshole as a "president."
Did I just ruin it with that venom? :-)
Cabrera, Martinez lead Tigers in 15-5 win over White Sox
FROM - http://www.espn.com/mlb/recap?gameId=370602106
|(Photo: Duane Burleson, Getty Images)|
|Tigers rightfielder J.D. Martinez hits an RBI-double during the first inning of the Tigers' 15-5 win Friday at Comerica Park. (Photo: Duane Burleson, Getty Images)|
Reflect and connect.
Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you.
I miss you so very much, Mom.
Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.
- Days ago = 699 days ago
- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1706.03 - 10:10
NOTE on time: When I post late, I had been posting at 7:10 a.m. because Google is on Pacific Time, and so this is really 10:10 EDT. However, it still shows up on the blog in Pacific time. So, I am going to start posting at 10:10 a.m. Pacific time, intending this to be 10:10 Eastern time. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom. But I am not going back and changing all the 7:10 a.m. times. But I will run this note for a while. Mom, you know that I am posting at 10:10 a.m. often because this is the time of your death.