Miguel Cabrera joined rarefied company last night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. His seventh inning two-run shot to straightaway center field tied him with both his countryman, Andres Galarraga, and Detroit Tigers great Al Kaline, at 399. While Cabrera continues to downplay his own individual success and focus on his team's goals and the long season ahead, this was clearly an accomplishment that meant a lot to him.
Andres Galarraga was a hero to all Venezuelan baseball players at a time when they were few and far between in the major leagues. Cabrera and fellow Venezuelan Anibal Sanchez have spoken at length in recent days about the impact Galarraga had on baseball in their homeland.
Couple that with Cabrera's oft-stated love and respect for Kaline and his historic career, and you have one very special home run ball. Thanks to a very gracious fan hailing from the self-described "best fan base in America" he was able to retrieve that souvenir with the help of Tigers centerfielder Anthony Gose.
Let's all give this guy a standing ovation for showing a ton of class and respect for baseball history as he accepts an autographed ball for Cabrera's home run ball.