Not to a horse. Of course.
Apologies to Big Brown, Smarty Jones, Funny Circle and War Emblem, but what you four couldn’t do in horse racing in the past ten years, Miguel Cabrera accomplished in Major League Baseball for the first time in 45 seasons.
The Red Sox Hall of Fame Outfielder, Carl “Yaz” Yastrzemski, will have to put away the bottle of champagne he’s been popping since 1967, as the seasons have come and gone without delivering a dominant, league leader in Batting Average (BA), Home Runs (HR) and Runs Batted In (RBI).
Okay, so I don’t know for sure that he’s been celebrating his unbroken streak of Triple Crown ownership.
But why not?
What’s good for the Dolphin is good for the . . . nevermind.
With 44 HR, 139 RBI and a BA of .330 to lead the American League, the Triple Crown has been passed on to Miguel “Miggy” Cabrera. The Detroit Tigers First Baseman who was exiled to Third Base at the beginning of the season due to the big splash free agent signing of First Baseman, Prince Fielder.
Who’s wearing the crown now, PRINCE?
How difficult is it to accomplish this threesome of offensive superiority? Since Yaz last claimed the batting trifecta in 1967, nine hurlers have achieved the Triple Crown in pitching. Miguel Cabrera’s teammate, Justin Verlander, captured the title just last year. Heck, Roger Clemens did it TWICE. In back-to-back seasons while with the Toronto Blue Jays.
I wonder how long it will be before another nicknamed masher contends for one of the most challenging individual achievements in sports. Who knows? But in 2012, it’s time for Yaz to step aside. Miggy has been anointed and is wearing the Triple Crown now.
Stacy Kauffman is a contributing blogger for JenningsWire