photo by Samara Pearlstein
Oh, Miguel. Sigh.
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera this morning revealed that he has spent three months undergoing alcohol abuse treatment with a doctor in Miami.
“When you’ve got problems,” said Cabrera, “you can’t hide.”
Cabrera said he has not had a drink since beginning counseling, which will continue with the same doctor during spring training and the regular season.
Steve Kornacki, MLive.com
I suppose this goes some way towards explaining his little, ahem, incident at the end of last season. Everyone knows that ballplayers go out and party and drink and whatnot; all we usually ask is
a) if they are underage, they at least do it where nobody has a chance of seeing it later (including photos that may later end up on Facebook/Twitter; young players take note),
b) if they are already injured or on medication, they don’t do anything to mess that up (that includes your injured-arm-keg-stands, Joel Zumaya),
c) they don’t get so trashed, or trashed at such times, that it will affect them on the field the next day (exception: David Wells),
d) they don’t do anything, while partying/drunk, to get themselves or others injured,
e) and they don’t do anything, while partying/drunk, to land them on the wrong side of the law.
Since this is the same stuff you’d ask of basically EVERY PERSON ON THE PLANET, one would not expect it to be too strenuous for even a ballplayer. Cabrera’s Incident, however, violated C, D, and E, which took it out of the realm of Ballplayers Will Be
Stupid Immature Manchildren Ballplayers, and into the realm of Srs Bzns Problems.
Obviously it’s a good thing that he (or the team) recognized that he had a problem, and that he’s getting help for it. Obviously it’s not going to be easy for him to stick with a Zero Drinks Policy if he’s going to keep hanging around with baseball players, which he presumably will. Here’s hoping the rest of the team will be supportive of him throughout the season, and I don’t just mean the front office (since it’s not like the issue will be casual peer pressure drinking when he heads out to the bar with Dave Dombrowski and Mr. Ilitch and Avila Sr) (or would it).
Remember, kids and kittens: one or two drinks with friends = fun! Any drinks at all with Wrong Sox players = trouble.