If you didn’t think Miguel Cabrera was a leader in the clubhouse before, perhaps this will change your mind.
According to NESN.com, Cabrera plans on talking with reliever Al Alburquerque after the incident yesterday when he (Alburquerque) kissed the ball when Yoenis Cespedes hit a come backer to the mound, ending the Oakland threat in the 9th inning.
“You cannot do that, that’s just not right,” Cabrera told USA TODAY Sports. “This game is about respect. We know he’s excited, but you have to respect the game. “I will talk to him, and tell him that you cannot do that.”
“I’ve seen it before,” Avila reportedly said in amusement, “but not with a guy running to first base. “Nothing surprises me with Al. He’s like in his own world sometimes. You’re going to see some crazy things on the mound when he’s out there.”
“It’s OK, It’s not a problem for me,” Cespedes said after the game, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “We’re not finished yet and when we get back to Oakland, I’m going to hit the ball hard against him -– and kiss my bat.”