There are moments that will stand out in Tigers’ fans memories as great events, even when they have nothing to do with the game. Prince Fielder stealing a fan’s nacho. Ian Kinsler rubbing his bloody finger in the dirt. They’re fun baseball highlights that remind us the sport is meant to be enjoyed as a game, and not always to be taken so seriously.
Last night, before the once-perfect game collapsed around Justin Verlander and the Tigers took what should have been a shut-out and turned it into a deeply disappointing loss, Miguel Cabrera did something to remind us all that baseball is — at its heart — still just fun and games.
As he chased a foul ball down, Cabrera took a moment to appreciate a nearby fan’s majestic facial hair, by giving the lush beard a complimentary squeeze with his glove. It was a brief flash in the game, but one of sheer delight.
Let’s take a moment to really appreciate some of the finer points of this tremendous bonding moment.
Look at this dude’s face. Look at the connection they are making.
No, seriously, look at this face.
Sheer joy all around. But, oh, what of the young man behind him. Yes, other people nearby witnessed this moment, and their reactions also deserve notice.
Like this pair:
And this woman whose face clearly says, “did that just happen?”
Never forget. I mean, it’s only a matter of time before this gets set to the Titanic theme, let’s be real. Enjoy.
Update: there is now a Titanic-set version thanks to SBN’s Ryan Walton. That didn’t take long.