After a three-game sweep of the White Sox, the Detroit Tigers moved into a tie for first place in the American League Central with the very same team they clobbered this weekend. Heading into the final month of the season, Motown is getting hot at the perfect time and looks to benefit from a relatively easy schedule down the stretch as 19 of their last 30 games come against clubs with sub .500 records.
There is a lot to like about the Tigers as the post season draws closer, but perhaps the coolest thing all season about Detroit, began just four days ago.
On Friday night, right fielder Avisail Garcia made his Major League debut at 21 years old. The Venzuelan native impressed everyone from the get go, tallying three hits in seven at bats including a clutch two-out RBI single on Saturday.
"The aim is to achieve and succeed by 21." Q-Tip
Getting to the point, Garcia grew up idolizing fellow Venezuelan native Miguel Cabrera, and now he is lucky enough to mentor under him. Cabrera has reportedly taken the rook under his wing to offer him big league advice, which bodes well for Garcia, since Cabrera has been one of the best hitters the Majors since his arrival in 2003. And as always, the teacher has just as much opportunity to learn from his student as he does to teach.
While Cabrera has struggled with some off-the-field issues in recent years, a new sense of responsibility and guidance toward his fellow countryman could be the perfect catalyst to help his maturation process into the veteran era of his career.
With 310 home runs before his 30th birthday, Cabrera could end up as one of the greatest hitters of all time, as long as he continues to stay focused and on “the right track” according to critics.
Look for Cabrera to silence his critics this fall.
Bringing it all the way back to ninth grade biology, this is a mutualistic relationship at its finest. Both parties are going to benefit, and I am sure the Tigers front office could not be happier.
With both measuring in at 6’4” 240 and rocking high navy blue socks, these two broz not only have similar talents and ancestry, they have eerily similar looks as well. Hopefully for Detroit fans, they continue to perform the same these last 30 games and into the postseason.