Miguel Cabrera: “Detroit, stay positive”
Those words in the headline were the parting words from Miguel Cabrera after his postgame interview, following a 9-6 win over the Twins in which he provided the go-ahead home run in the seventh inning. The victory moved the Tigers within a game of the Blue Jays for an AL Wild Card spot, keeping fuel in the Tigers’ playoff chase.
“You play for this. You’ve a chance to make the playoffs. Hopefully we can finish strong and have a chance to play in the playoffs
“This is fun. This is fun. It doesn’t matter what people say, like ‘We’re not going to make it, we’re not going to do this.’ We hear a lot of bad things, but we’ve always got to stay positive. Let other people say the negative things, but we have to stay positive. It doesn’t matter if we lose or win. We have a chance, and we have to believe.”
It’s that latter part of the quote that was interesting, and unprompted. Several players have talked over the last few years about a feeling of negativity, including getting booed at home. Cabrera wasn’t referencing fan reaction at Comerica Park, but moreso on social media.
“I’ve been playing here a lot of years so I know how it works,” he said. “To me, it doesn’t matter what people say, but I’ve got a lot of new guys here. I don’t worry about that stuff, but they think about it and read that stuff. We need to stay positive and go out there and play.”
When he talked about reading, he at least referenced Twitter.
“Before the game, you can’t check Twitter,” he said.
The quotes were part of a bigger picture Cabrera discussed, about staying focused in the heat of a playoff race. He follows what’s going on with other teams, but he isn’t overly concerned about it, he said, preferring to focus on their own games.
“I always believe if you win games, you don’t have to worry about other teams,” he said. “You have to worry about what you can do. You can’t lose your focus.”
That includes the scoreboard. It especially includes social media.