After leaving the clubhouse without addressing the media last night, Miguel Cabrera is letting his bat do the talking tonight.
Cabrera just connected on a two-run home run off Matt Cain in the bottom of third inning to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.
It looked like the ball would die on the warning track in right field initially, but thanks to a strong wind, it just kept carrying and carrying until it landed over the fence. With that, the Tigers have their first lead of the World Series. The wind-aided blast also ended a 20-inning scoreless streak for the club. There’s finally a little juice at a chilly Comerica Park.
A lot of people in the comments to Bill’s posts on the Urena-Acuña posts last night and in response to my rant about it in the recaps and on Twitter this morning, have talked about how silly writers don’t understand the culture of baseball and how pitchers have been brushing back batters for years. One guy said that old players would laugh at me for my naive notions about such matters and that, to make it as a pitcher, you have to brush guys back and reclaim the inside of the plate and make the hitter uncomfortable in the box.
I think that’s all b.s. obviously, but they are right about one thing: I don’t play baseball and baseball players probably know this stuff better. With that in mind, I’m going to defer to seven-time All-Star Michael Young’s thoughts on the matter of brushbacks and purpose pitches:
If you think you know more about this than Michael Young, you now have his Twitter handle and can tell him yourself.