On June 20th, 2003, at 20-years-old, Miguel Cabrera hit his first career home run, a walk off one, as a member of the Florida Marlins. Now at 32-years-old, he looks towards the milestone of 400 home runs, a number that would also make him the all-time leader of Venezuelan born players.
All-time Venezuelan leader
On Thursday Cabrera blasted No. 397 and No. 398 in the Detroit Tigers victory over the Minnesota Twins, putting him one shy of fellow Venezuelan, Andres Galarraga.
Following Thursday’s game, Cabrera commented about the importance of No. 400.
“I know it’s going to be big in Venezuela,” he said. “Everybody is going to feel proud of that. There’s going to be a lot of excitement over there. But I have to stay focused on what I can do right here.”
Passing Galarraga means something to Cabrera, but he is also focused on the big picture.
“We’ve got one goal here, to go to the playoffs again. I can hit another home run and tie Galarraga, pass Galarraga, but I need to do what I need to do to get ready for the game.”
Time goes by quickly
In order to reach meaningful milestones you have to play for a long time. Though Cabrera is still only 32-years-old, he realizes time stops for nobody, even if you are one of the best hitters in the history of the game.
“Time goes quick,” Cabrera said. “I feel like my first year was last year. Sometimes I’m scared because I don’t want to stop playing baseball, you know? I just want to stop aging right here.
“I’m 32. Stop! And keep playing. Time goes too fast, man.”
Cabrera is currently under contract with the Tigers through the 2023 season so he still has some time left in the league, but it’s still crazy to think he has already put in 11+ seasons.
In case I don’t get to tell you in person, congrats on No. 400 Miggy!