Terrible Weekend For Cabrera and Tigers

William FordCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2009

DETROIT - OCTOBER 1:  Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers in the dugout against the Minnesota Twins during the game on October 1, 2009 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Miguel Cabrera had some kind of weekend.

After leading the Tigers to a four game series split with the Minnesota Twins that left the Tigers with a two game lead and three games to go, Cabrera's, and the Tigers season took an ugly turn.

Miggy and the Tigers welcomed the Chicago White Sox into town for a three game series to clinch the Central Division. If the Tigers win two games they are Division Champions for the first time since 1984. 

Friday night they ran into a pitcher that everyone in the National League knows far to well, Jake Peavy.  He shut the Tigers down to the tune of two hits and a shutout. In the meantime the Twins beat Kansas City to move within one game of the division lead.

Then on Saturday, with the Twins facing Cy Young candidate Zach Greinke, The Tigers had a chance to possibly clinch the division by beating Freddy Garcia and the White Sox. MIguel Cabrera, who was 0-4 on Friday night, went 0-4 again including stranding 6 runners on base in another Tigers loss. Combined with a Twins victory and Sunday became a MUST win for both teams to create a one game playoff on Tuesday night.

On Sunday, both teams won to setup Tuesdays nights battle.

Its what happened from Friday night to Sunday morning away from the baseball diamond that makes the weekend even worse for Cabrera and the Tigers.

According to multiple news reports Miguel Cabrera was out partying and drinking with friends from the White Sox and then the police were called to his home because of a domestic dispute in the early hours of Saturday morning.  Cabrera had returned home and had some type of dispute with his wife. 

Cabrera left the home with police that morning and blew a .26 BAC level when tested, three times over the legal limit for driving.

No charges were filed by Cabrera or his wife, and the police have not charged Cabrera with anything, but for Tigers fans this goes beyond that.

How could the face of the franchise who is in the 2nd year of an eight year $152 million contract do this?

How could an all-star, potential Hall of Fame player go out drinking and partying on the last weekend of the season, with the division on the line, with his opponents for that weekend?

How could the best hitter on the team drink so much that he would have a BAC of .26 at 7am and expect to perform at 7PM the same day?

It could be that Cabrera is too immature and too young to have that label of franchise player.  It could be that he just doesnt care as much as the fans.

Or it could be that he as a personal issue with alcohol that needs to be recognized and addressed.

We dont know the answers to those questions but we do know that Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers had a terrible weekend because of his actions on Friday night/Saturday morning.

Now lets see if they can have a better Tuesday night.