Detroit Tigers star Miguel “Miggy” Cabrera made MLB history with 3,000 hits.
Cabrera became the 33rd player in the league to reach the mark in the first inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. After the 39-year-old made the leap to his home turf at Comerica Park, Rockies shortstop José Iglesias ran to kiss his former teammate.
The Tigers hitter is the first Major League player from Venezuela – and only the seventh player – in league history to have 3,000 hits and 500 home runs, joining Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Albert Pujols, Eddie Murray , Rafael Palmeiro and Alex Rodríguez.
If his 20-year MLB resume hasn’t cut him, his latest achievement almost certainly makes him a Hall of Famer. He’s already a Triple Crown winner, World Series champion, two-time MVP and 11-time All-Star. Of the 33 players who have reached 3,000, only six have not been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
In an interview with reporters on Wednesday, with the No. 3000 one-shot hitter, Cabrera joked that he’d probably smash his next punch – something he’s only done once in his career in MLB.
But he was sincere about one thing.
Asked about his choice of music to accompany the milestone, he asked to hear “Alma Llanera”, an unofficial anthem for Venezuela.
“I want people to know where I’m from,” he said.
And so it was: After Cabrera’s 3,000th hit, the lyrics to “Alma Llanera” (“Soul of the Plains”) were heardas fireworks were launched in celebration and crowds of fans rose to a standing ovation.