Miguel Cabrera, the reigning American League Triple Crown winner, has mastered most baseball-related tasks.
His baserunning, however, still has room to improve, as we witnessed on Thursday night:
The stakes were pretty low in the top of the fourth inning. Cabrera's Detroit Tigers had already taken an eight-run lead against the Cleveland Indians and the middle infielders were focused on turning a double play, rather than cutting down the lumbering slugger at third base.
He almost tripped the Tigers out of the inning, anyway.
Bless You Boys slows down the hilarity for us.
Miggy clearly had no clue where the bag was as he looked over his shoulder to see whether the throw would be made to first in time. Expecting to stomp on the infield dirt, he lost his balance when his right foot landed on a soft, elevated surface instead.
An otherwise demoralized crowd at Progressive Field took the opportunity to heckle their clumsy opposition. You can spot some sarcastic applause and condescending grins.
Of course, Cabrera was a good sport about it, tipping his helmet to acknowledge the fans.
Even fellow Tigers enjoyed the slip-up, including Prince Fielder and Torii Hunter (via Bless You Boys):
It's not often that anyone laughs at the AL MVP's expense. He's enjoying a career year at age 30, flaunting a .359/.454/.666 batting line and ranking among MLB's top three in everything from OPS and WAR to home runs, total bases and runs created.
Thankfully, his misstep didn't result in an injury. Moreover, the Tigers won comfortably—their 12th consecutive victory—to put themselves a season-high seven games in front of the Tribe.
As we've seen from Cabrera earlier this season, he never takes himself too seriously.
*All video links courtesy of MLB.com.
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