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I think Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera are going to kiss

Feb 21, 2012, 9:46 AM EDT

Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder

Love at first sight, courtesy of Jeff Seidel of the Detroit Free Press:

Maybe it was the way Prince Fielder showed up four days early for spring training. Or maybe it was the massive home run he hit during batting practice … Or maybe it was the way Fielder hung out in the clubhouse Monday morning and looked so comfortable and relaxed … Or maybe it was the way Fielder and Cabrera seemed to build an instant connection. They were inseparable on their first day together. They played catch together and batted together and stretched together and did sprints together and at one point, after most of the clubhouse had cleared out, they stood arm in arm and took several pictures of each other with their cell phones.

Spring training, people. It’s where the magic happens.  And it’s where stories like these get written because, really, there’s not much going on yet. Remember those “A-Rod and Jeter are best friends” stories? Yeah.

Someone just be sure to bookmark it for when the Tigers are struggling at some point in the offseason and either Cabrera or Fielder gets an unwelcome day off in the middle of a slump.  We’ll see if they remember what their love was like back when it was special, fresh and new.

(hat tip to @norunsupport, who happens to be my girlfriend, so I sorta have no room to talk here)

  1. stex52 - Feb 21, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    It sure was all bunnies and unicorns for a baseball article. I guess it was born of that special desperation that one can only feel with a looming deadline. But all that other content zero stuff usually doesn’t get so flowery. Jeff may have a future at Harlequin Press.

  2. proudlycanadian - Feb 21, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Did they shower together?

    • Old Gator - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:38 AM

      Did they share a hot tub – or is that maybe too grotesque even for this blog?

      • cur68 - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:00 AM

        Don’t be starting that again! Anyhow, Logan Morrison is the MLB hot tub ‘ho. Prince & Miggy gonna have to get their own thang…maybe they can shower with Jay Buhner? I hear he does specialty shampoos.

      • Old Gator - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:42 PM

        Are you kidding? You could put those two in a swimming pool and it would barely need one household bucketful of water to fill the rest of it to the filter trap.

      • cur68 - Feb 21, 2012 at 7:33 PM

        “Filter trap”? By this I take it you mean Prince’s baleen?

  3. atworkident - Feb 21, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    There won’t be any bad days. Between the two of them 100 HR, 200 RBI and one triple… minimum

    • marshmallowsnake - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      75 HR and 250 RBI

    • Old Gator - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:39 AM

      A triple???


      Oh, okay, I see – each one of them runs out a half of it….

    • Ari Collins - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:41 AM

      200 RBIs is pretty likely, but 100 HRs? Prince Fielder has hit 50 once. Five seasons ago. In a more hitter-friendly park. Miguel? He’s never hit 40. (Though obviously he doesn’t need to hit 40, considering his patience and ability to hit for average.)

      Marshmallowsnake’s guess sounds more like it.

      • phukyouk - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:53 AM

        65-70 HR’s with 200+ RBI’s. no friggin way they are hitting a combined 100 HR’s

    • lostsok - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      Don’t forget the 45 errors.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Feb 21, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Maybe Cabrera likes a little cushion for the pushin’?

  5. flyinhighwithvick - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Craig, I always thought you were a complete Phillie hating clown….but some of your headlines over the last couple of weeks, including this one, are downright hilarious. Keep up the good work!

    • nategearhart - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      So because his headlines are funny he’s not a Phillie hating clown?

    • baseballisboring - Feb 21, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      And why does hating Philly make you a clown in the first place, when it’s the only reasonable emotion one could feel towards Philly and everyone in it?

      • Old Gator - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:44 PM

        And that’s without even taking into consideration the horrible, artery-interdicting…eh…cuisine up there….

  6. missthedayswhenwedidnthavetologin - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Weren’t feeling the wife thing anymore brah?

    • The Common Man - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM

      Shut the hell up, moron.

  7. paperlions - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Of course they did “sprints” together, that way neither one looks as slow as they really are.

  8. detroitr1 - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    What clown of a manager would sit either of these guys if they were slumping? In the four seasons that Cabrera has been in Detroit, he has never ‘slumped’ to the point where he still wasn’t the team’s most lethal hitter. His version of a “slump” happened in late 2009 and he was still hitting over .300 during that stretch. And what if Fielder regresses in the AL Central? How is that going to create tension between Fielder and Cabrera or the rest of the team? They’re both (likely) future HOF candidates. You have some serious built-in bias to really believe that nonsense.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      They’re both (likely) future HOF candidates. You have some serious built-in bias to really believe that nonsense.

      Both HoFers? And who’s being biased here?

      • detroitr1 - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM

        Cabrera’s career stats to date through 9 seasons:

        .317 BA, 984 RBIs, .555 SLG, 277 HRs.

        Fielder through 7 seasons:

        .282, 656 RBIs, .540 SLG, 230 HRs.

        ‘Likely candidates.’ ‘Candidates’ does mean ‘HOF’ inductees.

      • Ari Collins - Feb 21, 2012 at 1:08 PM

        Cabrera’s got a shot, but Fielder would need no decline through his 30s to make it.

        Cabrera’s got 44 WAR vs. Fielder’s 23, despite only being one year older, thanks to better hitting (in bigger ballparks, no less) amd better fielding (at least in his early and mid 20s).

  9. cleverbob - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    They were later seen sharing a post workout protein shake with two straws in it. Which is perfectly normal of course. You guys do that with your buddies too, right?

    • phukyouk - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:36 PM


      OK. sorry.. let the thumbs down commence.

      • cleverbob - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:46 PM

        I was just giving them the benefit of the doubt. There’s protein in milk shakes…

  10. kiwicricket - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    “And yes, I am in a romantic boutique hotel with @craigcalcaterra spending the last bit of the morning opening baseball cards. #nerd”

    Yeah…I snooped, but it was well worth it. Nice work Mr C.

  11. 2thguy - Feb 21, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    I heard Sandusky is now the agent for both players and fielders deal was struck behind closed doors.

  12. papacrick - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Stupid article. Miguel Cabrera has never seen a slump and would have no clue what it feels like.

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