Quotes from Cabrera

As you’ve no doubt read by now, Miguel Cabrera opened up about his alcohol counseling today. He was very conscious about what he wanted to say, enough so that he had somebody serve as an interpreter when there was a question or a phrase he didn’t understand. That’s something I don’t think we’ve seen him do since he came to Detroit two years ago. Here’s a sampling of what he had to say …

“Drinking is a problem. Right now I feel good because I went through [conseling]. Right now I feel I’m a new man.”

On whether it’s a work in progress: “After the season, I worked on that. I’m still working with that. It’s a process.”

On how he feels: “I feel good. I feel great. I have to keep going. I feel like I’m going to be 100 percent. I’m excited.”

On how much of a difference he thinks counseling has made: “A lot. I feel happy. I feel more comfortable. I feel more comfortable with you guys talking. It’s like something in my life happened. I feel great. Right now I feel like it’s going to be a new season, a new life for me. I’m going to be a better dad, a better husband, a better player and better with the fans, too. And with the media, too.”

On how difficult it was to face his problems: “When you have problems, you can’t hide. When you know you don’t do right, you need to do something and ask for help.”

On whether he feels more grown-up : “I feel grown up now. I’m still young. I’m still learning a lot from baseball and from life. So right now, I’m going to take the right steps for life. Right now I feel comfortable with what I’m going to do. That’s why I feel excited. I feel positive for that.”

On being able to open up more: “I have better communication with my family, with my wife. I feel great with my kid, with my daughter. It’s a beautiful life.”


Good for him, I hope that he gets his act together, but I don’t know if I can ever forget that day last September when our playoff chances were snuffed out partially by his bad behavior. But as we know now there were probably many days like that throughout the whole summer that we didn’t even know about. Not to the extent of getting pulled down to the police station but how many times was he hung over and didn’t come through??? Like I said at the end of last year it was one game – so when someone says to me it is just a game in May or April or whatever well remember this year “it was just one game”.

Having an interpreter is definitely a good idea. His English is still a little rough and having an interpreter will help him understand what the reporters are asking or saying. It’s great to see him so open about it. I truly hope he’s sincere about sobriety and continue to take it one day at a time. Love you, Miggy!

Sure is sweet music to the ears!! The way he started 2009 was a thrill to watch and he obviously loved playing the game at the time.
Hopefully he won’t be placed in the position again where he felt like he was carrying the offense on his shoulders. Once it came out, the Tigs handled it well and being a year older and a lot wiser for the experience will place him in good order.

Cabrera saying “it’s a process” demonstrates an understanding of the problem. Even if he was just parroting back what he’d been told, at least someone is telling him. It remains to be seen if he’s a true alcoholic or just another youngster who likes to toss ’em down. I would have fit the latter description myself when I was his age.
Unless there’s a trade, Miguel is going to be here a long time. I’m not about to spend the majority of my remaining years dwelling on what he did last September. Let’s just play ball.

Amen Rich. The tigers would not have made it to the play in game without Cabrera’s bat for the first 158 games.

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