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Miguel Cabrera is fully recovered from sports hernia surgery; is over his emo about Prince Fielder leaving

Jan 24, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

AP Miguel Cabrera AP

Remember that sports hernia that the Tigers pretty strongly implied Miguel Caberea was not suffering from in the last two months of last season? The ailment that got him no time on the DL even though he probably needed it in September? Well, it’s all good now. He feels 100% according to the Detroit News.

But the biggest takeaway from that story is when Cabrera was asked about being sad in the wake of Prince Fielder getting traded. He scoffed at the notion:

Was he shocked the Tigers unloaded Fielder’s huge contract for Ian Kinsler, thus significantly altering the batting order? Yep, he was. Was he saddened by it?

“What do you mean ‘sad?’ ” Cabrera said. “Yeah, he was a big part of our team. When you see somebody get traded, you don’t want that. But I don’t put extra negative things in my head because everybody talks about it. I got a great hitter behind me, and people in the big leagues got a lot of respect for Victor (Martinez).”

Yeah, sure. You weren’t sad, Miguel. You only spent an entire night being all emo on Twitter, posting pictures of Prince. Not sad at all.


  1. nymets4ever - Jan 24, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    I guess Craig never got the memo that “emo” jokes haven’t been funny since about 2006.

    It amazes me how some people can’t quite grasp the concept that teammates who spend 162+ games and 6+ months together traveling around the country, battling slumps, enjoying hot streaks, discussing strategies, sharing the pain of defeat and the glory of victory, can actually form a bond with one another and be sad when that bond is broken.

    Whoa, you mean to tell me that baseball players are not robots, but actual human beings who desire camraderie and companionship like the rest of us?

    • tmhofficial - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      Exactly. I don’t post pictures on Twitter when fellow employees leave, but it always sucks to lose a friend/co-worker to another job.

      • nymets4ever - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:07 PM

        For all we know, maybe those two really did build a great friendship, with their families getting to know one another and stuff. Maybe Prince was someone Miguel could talk to about some of the alcohol problems in his history and vice versa for Prince’s divorce.

        Even absent any of that, it is still EXTREMELY ignorant for Craig to compare the relationships forged from the grind and emotions of a long baseball season to whatever interactions he has with Steve from Accounting.

    • sportsfan18 - Jan 24, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      Uh, Barroid Bonds and Jeff Kent sure as hell didn’t share camaraderie and companionship with each other too well…

      Many pro athletes don’t get along with each other. Spending a lot of time with someone doesn’t meant they’ll get along, sometimes it means they get along worse.

  2. tmhofficial - Jan 24, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    Tigers are loaded. How have they not won the World Series with the roster they’ve had the last few seasons? Crazy. Both with pitching and their lineup, there’s really no excuse.

    You lose Prince, but you can just replace his spot in the order, protecting Miggy, with Victor Martinez. Ridiculous.

    Also, for those of you that are going to yell at me about lineup protection not existing or that it isn’t real, I’m not saying you’re wrong. It’s just nice to have a competent bat ready to step in when you lose a talent like Prince.

    I’ll just be over here with Willingham, Plouffe, and the corpse of Kubel. Thanks.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      Excuses as follows: Valverde & Coke. It’s a horrible cocktail. Like absinthe — only deadlier. We would’ve outlawed it too, if only we’d known it was so toxic.

      • paperlions - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        Also, playoffs require winning 3 short series, which makes the playoffs pretty much a crap shoot.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:35 PM

        Crap shoot is the worst drinking game ever, if the other team picks your shots.

      • tmhofficial - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        It definitely wasn’t a shot at the Tigers, meant as a compliment of their talent and consistency.

        You’re probably right, bullpen was always an issue. Good thing former Twin Joe Nathan is there to help solve that this season.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        I’m sorry, but you can not blame everything on Valverde and Coke, and thats not just because I’m the worlds only Phil Coke fan and his nickleback supplier.

        2012 for example, when Coke was lights out and they reached the world series and got swept, it’s not like you had Papa and Phil bat for everyone

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:43 PM

        and thats not just because I’m the worlds only Phil Coke fan

        How could you not be a Phil Coke fan?

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:56 PM

        Don’t ask me, I support anyone who’s brain not only becomes sentient but has a twitter

    • happytwinsfan - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      cheer up. we’ll be getting drew to hit in front of them. trust me.

      • tmhofficial - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:50 PM

        Ha ha.

        It’s a bit early to be drinking.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 24, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        To play where?

  3. missingdiz - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    It’s reporters prying into people’s emotions that make players go Albert-Belle every once in a while.

  4. historiophiliac - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Ok, this is exactly why guys don’t do public expressions of emotion. It’s stupid how people act about it. Why bring it up like that? It makes it seem weird or something. Just ask if he thinks there’s a hole in the lineup now because Prince is gone — he gave you the answer anyway (and btw, that’s an old question that’s been asked and answered already). I loved how Miggy and Prince were together, and I’m still sad he’ll be gone this year. Miggy, being a professional player who has changed teams before, is clearly more ready to move on than I am.

  5. skids003 - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    What’s the difference in a hernia and a “sports hernia?”

    • beelza - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      same difference b/t AIDS and HIV

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        There’s a huge difference between HIV and AIDS…

    • historiophiliac - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      The latter is cool. The former requires an embarrassing medical exam and wearing a girdle.

      • chinahand11 - Feb 12, 2014 at 2:40 PM

        The former requires the patient to wear an iron or brass jockstrap for six months after the operation. The later, after the patient is discharged, they give him a milkshake and some of that hospital crap, the little tube of toothpaste and that horrible brush with the bristles that lodge in your throat. And the little paper slippers, almost forgot.

    • themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      Google is pretty good for this kind of thing. here…

      • skids003 - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:49 PM


      • themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        de nada

        After reading that I’ve decided that I don’t want either kind of hernia. Ow.

      • skids003 - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:06 PM

        Me neither.

  6. beelza - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Miggy notwithstanding, Tigers lost 51 home runs, but I’m sure I’ll see a sabr stat that minimalizes home runs. Good luck with that and Andy Dirks.

    • themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      I don’t think you know anything about sabr stats.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      Andy Dirks? That’s the best you got? C’mon, man. Don Kelly’s pay raise is just sitting there waiting to get called off the bench for a first rate taunt. Or, make it really hurt. “That’s 51 less HR’s and Joba Chamberlain.” Lift with your legs, if you want a good trolling.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 24, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      Don’t worry, Joba will help the Tigers find ALL of the HR. Easy peasy

  7. foreverchipper10 - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    I think Fielder is the one who should be more upset. Now he has to pay for his Little Caesar’s. Pizza! Pizza!

  8. Minoring In Baseball - Jan 25, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    I’m glad Miggy is ready to go. Playing first base this season will be easier on him physically than the hot corner. Now we just need JV healthy and the Tigers will be all set.

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