When you played sports back in the day, your mom or dad probably told you to "have fun" as you went to take the field. It sounds corny, sure, but Miguel Cabrera is showing everyone that having fun can really improve your play.
Once Tiger's owner Mike Illitch shelled out the money to get the new Prince of Detroit, Miguel Cabrera practically wrote himself in as the third baseman immediately after the signing. He simply didn't care that first base wasn't his anymore, because an accomplished new partner in crime in Prince Fielder was coming to town.
Now that he has another teammate that can pulverize a ball you can just see how much more fun Cabrera is having on the diamond. Whether it's having a good friend in the clubhouse or being happy that he is on a World Series contender, he is having a blast out there.
The first time I saw Cabrera's new attitude is during opening day when he caught a foul ball in probably the least graceful way possibly. He overran it and fell on his behind but got up smiling because he knew how ridiculous he looked.
During the 10-0 beat down on Saturday Cabrera hit one of the 162 homers he is on pace for. It was initially called a double, so he waited patiently on second until the call was overturned before smiling to himself and trotting around the bases.
Last season Cabrera probably was enjoying himself, but this year he looks happier than a fat kid trapped in the Hersey's factory.
Who knows, maybe mom and dad were right. At least Miggy's start seems to suggest as much.