Miguel Cabrera, El Nacional

Miguel Cabrera: «The day I stop having fun, it will be time to hang the gloves»

Miguel Cabrera, The National
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – APRIL 15: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers swings his bat as he warms up in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 15, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. Ed Zurga/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Ed Zurga/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/Getty Images via AFP)

Baseball player Miguel Cabrera stated this Thursday at a press conference with Venezuelan media reviewed for The Emergentthat the day it is no longer fun to play would be the right time to “hang the gloves”.

“The day I stop having fun, it’s time to hang up my gloves and watch the games at my house on television. As long as you don’t have fun at work, it’s going to stress you out, it’s overwhelming and it won’t let you do things right,” she said.

The player, despite the pain and injuries he has, still continues to have fun on the pitch, “but I don’t make excuses and I go out on the pitch to put on my best face,” he insisted.

Cabrera, the first Venezuelan baseball player to connect 3,000 hits in the Major Leagues, he wants to win a title with the Detroit Tigers before his retirement.

«I want to win in Detroit, it is what I lack. I hope that I can achieve these two years that I have left or else I can do it as a coach or assistant. But I would like to spend more time with this team. I know that my career is going to end at any moment, but I would like to continue being involved with the Tigers », he confessed.

The 39-year-old batter who grew up in a humble area of ​​Maracay, Aragua state, admitted that as a child he never imagined reaching 3,000 hits and 500 home runs in the best league in the world. A fact that remained for the sports history of Venezuelan baseball.

«I dreamed of playing in the MLB, winning a World Series, winning the batting title and I dreamed of many things, but at that young age reaching 500 home runs and 3,000 hits never crossed my mind (…) I thank the Lord for this opportunity and that I have been able to live this moment,” he said.

On April 23, Miguel Cabrera became the first Venezuelan baseball player, the 33rd in the world, and the seventh Latin American, to connect 3,000 hits in the Major Leagues, a club to which only one other active player belongs, the Dominican Albert Pujols.

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