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The Tigers are a bit cranky at the moment

Oct 11, 2012, 9:40 AM EST

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From Jesse Sanchez’s game story at MLB.com following last night’s Tigers-A’s game:

But the mood in the clubhouse took a serious turn and tension surfaced when veteran Octavio Dotel told [Miguel] Cabrera to address the media because it was his job as the leader of the team

Cabrera turned down all interview requests and sat at one of the tables in his dress clothes with his arms crossed. Dotel, still in uniform, sat at the other table and shook his head.

I don’t follow the Tigers as closely as some other teams, but I guess I never really thought of Cabrera as a team leader, as he’s not the most vocal dude around.  But I suppose Dotel would be in a better position to know that.  I also wonder why he wouldn’t talk to the press given that, dude, it’s not like he was the goat in this one.

I do know that, in another city, this would be a much bigger deal than it probably is in reality. And that, if the Tigers win tonight, it makes no difference. Heck, even if they lose it doesn’t. Still, interesting to see.

  1. DelawarePhilliesFan - Oct 11, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Amazing what happens when you don’t score 4 un-earned runs…..

    And hey, I am rooting for the Tigers!

  2. Kleinz 57 - Oct 11, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Cabrera just knows how to duck reporters the right way.

  3. number42is1 - Oct 11, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    I think that the problem was that before the game he was told that “Si Motherfu*ker” was not an appropriate answer to reporter questions.

  4. darthicarus - Oct 11, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Would the media really want to talk to Cabrera though? His English isn’t the easiest to understand. But hey, Miggy was slapping beat writers on the ass after the game so all’s good in Motown, right?

    Third baseman Miguel Cabrera entered the scene, he playfully slapped a pair of male reporters on their rear ends and smirked. It appeared the Triple Crown winner was already over the loss and ready for Thursday’s finale.

  5. brohancruyff - Oct 11, 2012 at 9:51 AM

  6. Marty - Oct 11, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    I would have thrown Al Albuquerque out there to play with the media.

    • amaninwhite - Oct 11, 2012 at 10:14 AM

      He would have just spent the whole time kissing ass.

      • geoknows - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:24 AM

        Nah, he only kisses balls.

  7. natslady - Oct 11, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    You don’t follow the Tigers as closely as you follow some other teams? How does the girlfriend feel about that?

  8. earache88 - Oct 11, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Sweep!!

  9. mordecofe - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    And there’s your MVP, Tigers fans!

  10. itsacurse - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    He should have just pretended the media were the police and kindly requested that they shoot him.

  11. APBA Guy - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    The last thing I want to hear about is a grimly determined Tigers team. They are far too talented, even with their defensive challenges, and with Verlander starting, for any A’s fan to want them any more competitive than they already are.

  12. echech88 - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    I’m shocked the guy that beat his wife, drove drunk and started a play-in game legally intoxicated isn’t a great leader.

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