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Miguel Cabrera did not talk to reporters after Game 3 loss

Oct 28, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

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Remember when the Cardinals’ Albert Pujols skipped a session with the media following last year’s World Series Game 2 loss to the Rangers and everyone made a big stink about it? Now the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera is traveling that same road.

According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, Cabrera “was showered, dressed and heading out the door as the media arrived” in the Tigers’ clubhouse after Saturday night’s Game 3 loss to the Giants. Prince Fielder stayed behind to answer questions, as did many of Detroit’s other prominent players. But Cabrera wanted no part.

Here is Crasnick’s take on Miggy’s decision to bolt:

Superstars and team leaders have an obligation to stand at their lockers on good days and bad, and Cabrera failed the leadership test by fleeing the scene and leaving his teammates to face a never-ending assault of questions about the Tigers’ offensive futility.

The leadership angle also got heavy play when Pujols went silent, and it seems a little silly in both cases. Cabrera should have stayed because he’s a professional and speaking with the people who cover his sport is part of the profession, but do his teammates really think less of him because he didn’t want to talk after a third straight World Series loss? Haven’t his teammates already formed their opinions on what kind of guy he is? And don’t they care more about his on-field production than anything? The media has a right to be upset, but to suggest that Cabrera walking out would form some sort of rift in the Detroit clubhouse is, well, projecting.

Pujols went on to crank three home runs the next game. We’ll see what Miggy has in store Sunday night.

  1. Charles Gates - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    So erase the ‘leadership’ attribute from Cabrera’s column vs. Trout in the MVP debate.

    • baseballisboring - Oct 28, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      but…but he changed positions! he’s so selfless!!!???

    • historiophiliac - Oct 28, 2012 at 3:01 PM

      Dude, if answering questions from reporters counted as leadership, Pete Rose would be the greatest leader of all time. Missing one session hardly negates one’s role on a team. You don’t even know why he missed. it. But then again, I never watch/read the after-game interviews, so I could care less and wouldn’t hold it against anyone…even if they skipped after winning.

    • alexo0 - Oct 28, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      Cabrera couldn’t deliver during the game, so why should we expect him to deliver after?

  2. succulentnipples - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    The media needs to loose the sense of entitlement to talk to players. I don’t blame him for not talking. If I was him I would talk once, at the end of the series. The media is a joke. Bunch of clowns. I don’t need quotes from every player, every day.

    • stex52 - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      It’s not just a “media” issue. It’s a deal. Media provides marketing. Baseball teams give them interesting quotes to work from. He should regard it as part of the deal in paying his salary. My company has media rights to my appearance and comments (Thank God they don’t choose to exercise them). But he is helping his employer when he speaks.

    • Kevin Gillman - Oct 28, 2012 at 1:16 PM

      Baseball players have to be professional. Through the good times, and the bad. Nobody wants to talk to Andy Dirks, they want to talk to the best hitter the Tigers have. They want his take on the loss. Even if he’s upset, you still do it. Show some emotion if you have to. If Cabrera is making millions of dollars, then he should be there any media session, because its part of his job.

    • Old Gator - Oct 28, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      “Not according to Craig

      According to him, because a couple bad teammates have accused other teammates of being bad teammates. Any athlete who doesn’t make himself available for an interview is a bad teammate.”

      Another sterling example of why you must be wearing lead contact lenses with X’s across them. That’s exactly what Craig did not say. He’s quoting Jerry Crasnick. Craig’s following comments then subvert Crasnick’s arrogations.

      Back to Reading Comprehension 101 for you, Bubba. And no bubblegum chewing in class.

    • hondoheaven47 - Oct 28, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      Gator, I don’t mean to undermine your point, because it’s well taken. But you and the guy this came from both missed that it was Drew, not Craig, writing this. I understand the confusion. It does have a Craig-esque tone to it.

    • Old Gator - Oct 28, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      Hondo: Heh heh, yeah. Ah well. It had less to do with Drew’s tone than with one o’ them cerebroflatular episodes to which I have become susceptible in my old age.

      Now, I’ll bend over, and I authorize you to deliver one good swift kick right there. It’s the most widely prescribed treatments for brain farting, and maybe it’ll teach me to proofread.

    • Old Gator - Oct 28, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      sigh treatment….

    • historiophiliac - Oct 28, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      Don’t worry, they got a story out of it anyway — one where they get to be petulant while painting the player as petty. It’s unintentionally ironic though, of course.

    • hondoheaven47 - Oct 28, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      You’re forgiven. I’m going to let you go without any sort of kicking. That’s how we get kick-resistant dumbassery, from overprescription of that remedy when it’s not necessary.

  3. dondada10 - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Must have been Miller Time.

    • jackdaniels1 - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      Ha! I’m thinking it was a nice full bottle of kettle one

    • historiophiliac - Oct 28, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      Exactly how long does he have to be sober before the drinking jokes stop? I’m just wondering. It isn’t as if he froths about it in public like Hamy Chews.

      • nogoodtomedead - Oct 28, 2012 at 4:29 PM

        Haha- when there’s a mention of Lincecum see if people don’t make weed jokes or call him a hippie. Some guys never get new material.

  4. fuddpucker - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Yeah, these pampered players show their true colors when they feel the heat.

    • pw38 - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      From the article:

      “Pujols went on to crank three home runs the next game. We’ll see what Miggy has in store Sunday night.”

      Albert spoke with his bat, same as I expect Cabrera would want to.

  5. vallewho - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    the media has a right to be upset? really? who gave the media that right?

    Quick. call the cops…dough-boy violated the media’s right to write baseless crap, ask contrived and stupid questions, and just make stuff up.

    I wish every player would give the media the “Eddie Murray” treatment.

    Just because the guy doesn’t want to play the “media’s game” every day he will be vilified. On the other hand, this just gives the media the next move…get an anonymous source in Detroit to “report” on the next big controversy.

    • pw38 - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      Yet you still found time to comment. You’re right though, why should we be upset? If the media can’t write anything maybe it would spare us from your insightful comments.

  6. whitlockd - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Maybe he though it was a best-of-five series and left due to the humiliation of being swept.

  7. cur68 - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    I wanted 7 games. Was that so much to ask for? 7 games? Tigers gotta win this one, but even if so, I suspect getting to 7 is going to be too hard to do. One more after today, then. So, Miggy, I don’t care if you talk to reporters, tackle them to the ground, or streak the ball field, just hit some where the Giants aint and score some damn runs and play at least one more day.

    • stex52 - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:55 PM

      Agreed. Not quite ready for the baseball to go away. Wife’s out of town this week. I need baseball on the TV.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 28, 2012 at 3:13 PM

      How close are you to making a deal w/ the Big Dog for a couple more games? One more game? Rain/Snow delays to stave off the post-seasonal depression? Please, just one more game. We’ll be good the whole off-season. We promise. We just need three more games. Or two. One more game, really, what can I trade here? Is anyone else sweaty? Just one last game. C’mon.

      • cur68 - Oct 28, 2012 at 4:04 PM

        Gonna be a long offseason. They always are. This one more so as the WS has been a letdown compared to the NLCS. Mind you the ALCS had the glory of seeing The Mighty Empire defeated in 4 straight and sent home in disgrace, so it had that going for it.

        But maybe its us? We wanted too much. Could be, I guess. Did we want so much, though? Was 7 games so much to ask for? I mean, in conversation with my friends, what did we want? If I recall what we talked about was a tight competitive series, lots of runs scoring with pitching duels alternating for preference. We wanted unlikely heroes and walk-off 19inning magic at least once. We wanted Verlander to be Verlander, Miggy to be Miggy, Fieder to be…well to be Panda, frankly. Its like the Giants heard us and the Tigers…what? Overdosed on Nyquil? Ate too much turkey? At least hit for regular season team average, for Dog sake (right around .280 for qualified hitters) instead of .229. Is that so much? Just once?

  8. okwhitefalcon - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    I don’t mind the occassional “snub” by a star player, lets the scribes know who needs who in the end.

    I also find the bunker/gang mentality of the media funny when one of their bretheren (or all in this case) gets on the wrong end of a player or managers wrath.

    • okwhitefalcon - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      Another positive, if gives ops for places like HBT and Deadspin to hammer the mainstream media who generally looks down their nose at sites like the above..

  9. charlutes - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    He let down who? the media? once again earth to self important media, miggy owes you nothing. he’s a great team leader and your slandering his leadership qualities because he won’t answer your repetitive, pointless questions. get over yourself, shut up, and hold the mic or camera for whoever does show up.

  10. charlutes - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    honestly who do u think u are? what a sad pathetic joke the media has become.

  11. hushbrother - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Miggy didn’t show up for a media session? Not surprising, considering he hasn’t shown up for the World Series either.

    Miggy ain’t doing tuchus in Game 4. This series ends tonight.

  12. Brinke - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Finish it tonight, Giants.
    VAMOS GIGANTES.

  13. TheBlindUmp - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    I don’t mind that a player is upset and takes a day off from the media. It’s no big deal, no mountains out of mole hills. He’s been fielding questions all year; it’s not like he’s stiffed the media this post season. He knows what down 3-0 means, and he’s pissed. He’s still a great player and probably a good leader in the clubhouse.

  14. jrocknstuff - Oct 28, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    The men ans women of the media have a job to do. They have a living to earn. They earn their money by, in many cases, feeding you all quotes from the biggest names in the game. And they don’t get $20 Million a year to do it. The least Cabrera could have done is stuck around for 10 minutes, thrown out a couple “we need to produce some runs,” and this isn’t an issue. But the media work a lot harder than any of you give them credit for, and part of Cabrera’s deal is sticking around to talk to them

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 28, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      The least Cabrera could have done is stuck around for 10 minutes, thrown out a couple “we need to produce some runs,” and this isn’t an issue.

      When’s the last time you read an article that had quotes which you couldn’t have imagined beforehand? You just said wrote what Cabrera would have said if he were interviewed, so why does the press need him?

      • SOBEIT - Oct 28, 2012 at 1:44 PM

        Because they are not paid to make up quotes.

      • TheBlindUmp - Oct 28, 2012 at 2:03 PM

        Are you kidding me? They do it all the time!

      • SOBEIT - Oct 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM

        TBU – then they are not journalists.

  15. eagles512 - Oct 28, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Can’t believe people are sticking up for Cabrera.

  16. nysportsexchange - Oct 28, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Rumors are the Mets are interested in him for next year. That not talking won’t fly in NY http://nysportsexchange.blogspot.com/

    • Old Gator - Oct 28, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      Wrong Cabrera. The report has it that they’re interested in the Melkman.

  17. historiophiliac - Oct 28, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    I would’ve skipped too — just in case one of those assholes would be obnoxious enough to goad me into putting the crown on and answering questions about my feelings.

    • SOBEIT - Oct 28, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      Yet here you are gobbling up articles and posts about the game by….the media. Seems you are conflicted on what value the media provides.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 28, 2012 at 6:24 PM

        “Games” is the operative word there. I want to read info on who’s playing and trade info, etc. I don’t mind some other posts (I enjoy them) but I don’t feel in any way entitled to statements by the players. What they do on the field is my main interest. FYI, when Hardball Talk links to interviews w/ players, I never go and read them. I pretty much use this blog as a filter.

  18. medstrike - Oct 28, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    I am a fan and the fans through buying tickets, buying licensed merchandise and watching TV pay the huge salaries that Cabrera and other pro athletes earn. Without the fans how much would Cabrera be making? The fans are interested in hearing about the games from the players but cannot talk to them. (Obviously it would be impossible for every fan who is interested to talk to players.) So the media represents the fans. By snubbing the media a player is snubbing the people who make his income and lifestyle possible. If he wants that income and that lifestyle he should be able to put up with the questions – even if they are stupid – in good times and bad. Exhibit A who comes to mind is Brad Lidge who spoke to the media when he was perfect in ’08 and he spoke to the media when he was far from perfect in ’09. (Sports Illustrated did an article about his class act conduct that year.)

    • historiophiliac - Oct 28, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      Out of curiosity, what was the last piece of Cabrera merchandise you bought and when did you get it?

  19. bigsuede - Oct 28, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Well Drew Silva- I guess you are having problems doing your job so I will help.

    Why talk about Pujols at all when the real story is the Cabrera pulled this back in Game 3 or 4 against the A’s during the playoffs. Octovio Dotel was upset at Cabrera for shirking his responsibility then.

    The real story is Dotel and other tigers ARE UPSET at this selfish behavior and it is probably going to create tension in the clubhouse right now.

    How do you have a job reporting on baseball and you miss this when doing the story???

    • Drew Silva - Oct 28, 2012 at 3:45 PM

      I guess I blew it, man.

  20. bigsuede - Oct 28, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    The story was even on your website

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/10/11/the-tigers-are-a-bit-cranky-at-the-moment/

    How does Cabrera get grief about this during the A’s series- and then pulls it all over again???

  21. 4hrchubby - Oct 28, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    that is to be expected…his bat hasn’t done any talking in the last week either.

  22. rodtorfelson - Oct 28, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Much ado about nothing. What’s Cabrera going to say that everyone doesn’t already know? He just would have spewed cliches like every other athlete. “Both teams played hard.” “Tomorrow is another day.” We’ll get ‘em tomorrow.” “Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.” There, interview over.

    The only people making this a big deal is the media themselves, no one else.

    • Old Gator - Oct 28, 2012 at 10:16 PM

      You gotta play ‘em one day at a time? Young girls they do get wooly?

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