One of the men standing in the way of Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera winning the American League Triple Crown is also one of his biggest fans, apparently. The Rangers’ Josh Hamilton said this week that he was pulling for Cabrera to become baseball’s first Triple Crown winner since 1967, while he had no plans to slow down his own production to see that it happens (Well, duh) for the Tigers’ slugger.
After an 0-for-3 night Tuesday, Cabrera has a three-point lead over Minnesota’s Joe Mauer in the batting average category (.329 to .326); he is within one of Hamilton in the home runs category (Hamilton leads 43 to 42) and he has a comfortable lead where RBIs concerned, with 133. Hamilton is second in RBIs with 125.
"I'm excited about it for him," Hamilton told the team’s official website. "I enjoy watching guys succeed at what I do. What a great accomplishment that would be. But I'm not going to stop playing. I'm rooting for him, but I'm not going to go out there and not try to hit home run runs. But he's so close, I would definitely like to see it happen."