What, you wanna ball with the kid? Watch your step you might fall trying to do what I did. Gettin’ jiggy with it. -Will Smith
Public Service Announcement: Ok, here we go! Like my main man Michael Jackson always says, “You wanna be startin’ somethin’. You got to be startin’ somethin’.” Miguel Cabrera is starting something. Hot starting something. Yesterday, Miggy had three hits. Yesterday, Miggy had two RBIs. Big deal you say? So what you say? I’ll tell you so what. I’ll tell you that lifts his season totals to seventeen hits. I’ll tell you that lifts his season totals to twelve RBIs. I’ll also tell you the last Detroit Tigers player with such high totals in both categories through the team’s first nine games of a season was the aberration that was Chris Shelton.
Chris Shelton may have had nineteen hits, fourteen RBIs and seven bombs over the Tigers’ first nine games in 2006, but Shelton hit only nine more homers in 106 subsequent games that season. Shelton subsequently went into obscurity and is now toiling in the Seattle Mariners farm system. Miguel Cabrera ain’t going nowhere.
If you really want to see want to see how jiggy Miggy truly is, you have to go back to 1955. You have to go back to 1955 to find the last Tigers player with Cabrera’s levels of hits and RBIs. You have to go back to the 20-year-old Al Kaline. In 1955, Mr. Tiger had seventeen hits. In 1955, Mr. Tiger had thirteen RBIs. In 1955, Mr. Tiger became the youngest league batting champion in major league history. Now that’s getting jiggy with it.
Peace out homies. Six two and Even!