Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera has been feeling pressure from fans and teammates as he attempts to capture the rare Triple Crown.
Cabrera, who is a home run away from leading the American League in all three Triple Crown categories, expressed his discomfort to USA Today's Bob Nightengale after Thursday's game:
"I don't like the look on people's faces. If I don't get a hit, it's like, 'Ohhhh.' Everyone gets so disappointed. Even in my own dugout. People are paying so much attention now. I don't like that. These last two weeks, the way people are acting, it's crazy."
Prince Fielder, who has Cabrera's back in the Tigers lineup, talked up his teammate's accomplishments, perhaps giving even more attention to the 29-year-old slugger.
"I know he doesn't like attention, but he deserves it, because he's doing something we may never see again."
Fielder, along with the rest of us, will be paying close attention to Cabrera again on Friday night, as he has a chance to tie Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton's league-leading mark of 43 homers. Cabrera already leads the league in runs batted in (133) and batting average (.326).