Yankees booed relentlessly after Aaron Boone walked Miguel Cabrera

DETROIT — Aaron Boone said he wouldn’t mind seeing former teammate Miguel Cabrera make history with his 3,000th hit — as long as it didn’t cost the Yankees anything.

The Yankees ended up intentionally stepping on Cabrera late in the eighth inning — infuriating the crowd at Comerica Park — with first base open in a one-run game.

It sparked a long, loud chant of “Yankees suck” from the announced crowd of 21,529 after Lucas Luetge got a bases-laden double play from Jeimer Candelario, leaving the runners in second and third place. Boone went to the mound and opted to walk with Cabrera to load the bases rather than have him face southpaw Luetge.

As the crowd booed loudly, the decision backfired, as Austin Meadows followed with a hit to the center that scored two runs, to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead. They would lose by the same score.

The crowd stood and cheered for each of Cabrera’s appearances, as they did before his last at bat on Wednesday, when he was one hit away from the milestone after singles in his first three appearances. batting the game.

Cabrera flew to the left to finish the bottom of the first, pulled out to lead the bottom of the fourth and sixth, all against Jordan Montgomery.

Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera was one hit away from 3,000 when intentionally walked

“He’s one of the best right-handed hitters of all time,” Boone, a Cabrera teammate with the Marlins in 2007, said before the game. “He’s one of the smartest players I’ve ever played with.”

Boone also noted the fact that Cabrera, who turned 39 on Monday, was already a member of the 500 home run club.

“It’s rarefied air,” Boone said. “He played in bigger ballparks in Florida and here [in Detroit]. He’s a timekeeper. He’s in that very… inner circle of the Hall of Fame. And he gets a lot of joy out of the game.”

Albert Pujols is the last to have reached 3,000 visits, in 2018 with the Angels.

New York Post

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