Miguel Cabrera’s special sauce and other Tiger tales.


illustrations by Samara Pearlstein
Miguel Cabrera is a historically excellent hitter. Miguel Cabrera frightens opposing pitching. Miguel Cabrera must have a lineup constructed around him so as to minimize the number of times opposing pitchers walk him out of sheer terror. Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-4 yesterday with a walk and 3 runs, two of which were home runs. Most importantly: Miguel Cabrera has his own line of salsa.

Have any of you consumed this fine item yet? In general I think it’s difficult to really badly screw up salsa, but this is not just any salsa– this is MIGGY’S SALSA. It could be filled with chopped up bits of Southpaw or flakes of Silver Slugger silver or some weird kind of bean grown only on the now sort-of vacant lot where Tiger Stadium once stood. You can buy the stuff online but there is no ingredient list so for all I know these speculative salsa-bits could all be reality.

It also comes in three varieties: Mild, Medium, and Hot. Does this refer to, as is typical for salsa, spiciness and mouth-feel? Or is it instructional, telling you which salsa you should turn your corn chips towards at any given time, based on how Miggy is doing at the plate?

If you have a report on this stuff please tell me. The People and Cats must know.

So like there was that game where a Tigers pitcher threw 17 strikeouts, a Detroit record, and that pitcher was neither Justin Verlander nor Max Scherzer. It was Anibal Sanchez. Everyone was sort of like, “Wait, what?” and then, “Oh, cool!” and then, “Man gimme some more of that salsa.”

How many really long games have the Tigers had recently? I am sure it is actually something like 2, but I am not going to go look it up, and it feels like a whole heck of a lot of absurdly, unreasonably long games have been happening as of late. There are two possible images for this. One is me, passed out on my computer, drooling onto the keyboard while the cold bluish light of the game on some sort of screen washes over my pasty skin. The other is the cartoon above.

Also: Bruce Rondon got sent down and Phil Coke landed on the 15-day DL with a strained groin. I leave the potential cartoons of that last to your fertile imagination.

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6 responses to “Miguel Cabrera’s special sauce and other Tiger tales.

  1. I would buy salsa from Miggy.

    We anxiously await the Phil Coke groin cartoon.

  2. Need that cartoon. Amazing, the events of the last few games!

  3. After Avila hit the game winning home run on Friday, and was grinning broadly as he circled the bases, I think Rod Allen said that Alex was “cheesing like a cat”. Did I hear that correctly! If so, what does it mean?

    • This is an Allenism consisting of two mashed-together phrases.

      First we have “cheesin’,” which is smiling artificially large and hard, as for a photo you don’t particularly want taken (I am guessing this comes from the ‘Say cheese!’ command of a photographer, which is meant to elicit a toothy smile).

      Then we have “like a cat,” which (again, I am guessing) is a reference to the Alice in Wonderland’s Cheshire Cat– the only feline I know of that is associated with smiling.

      Rod Allen is a contemporary poet and a master of diction.

  4. I know we are on another subject, but I must interrupt to say. RYAN. RABURN is the American League player of the week! Baseball is a funny game! Amazing! Or am I dreaming?

  5. Do you want me to send you some Miggy salsa?

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