“His Game Is Like Waves…”

RSBS Podcast regular and Second City performer, Mark “Pie” Piebenga shares with us his thoughts:

“His game is like waves,” Miguel Cabrera said. “Right now, he’s worried because he’s not hitting too much, he’s not hitting for average. I said, ‘Don’t worry. It’s going to be your time. Get your timing, be ready. It’s a long season. We’re going to need you.’ And you see what happened today. He got a big home run for us today.”

This quote is, of course, apropos of Ryan Raburn. Of course why? Because he hit a grand slam off the White Sox Jake Peavy on Sunday who during the same inning worsened a “tweaked groin into a full strain.”

I do think there are some valuable moments in that quote. A lot is at work here. 1.) Cabrera’s hubris. 2.) profound truth for life, and for success in baseball. 3.) Cabrera looking out for a much less-well-paid teammate.

Vis-à-vis 1.) Cabrera cranked his second home run in 24 hours Sunday. Bringing his total up to that point to 13. Which is a lot.

Vis-à-vis 2.) Your own conclusions are most important here, but I’m quite taken with the part about “his game is like waves… get your timing. It’s a long season. We need you.” Isn’t that what we all want to hear as human beings? And isn’t it encouraging? To be needed due to your merit is to have significance. That is something we all want.

Vis-à-vis 3.) Cabrera is making $20 million this season to Raburn’s $1.3. Neither is hurting here, and it’s not like Raburn is a newborn rookie pulling down $425,000. Which is still quite a sum. Also, is it strange that I feel a little dirty clicking on the Tigers roster on ESPN.com knowing that I’ll find their wages on there? It seems like that should be listed in a separate place from their other personal information.

Regardless of the considerable money involved, it’s still an esteemable trait to look after your teammate in the press.

Finally, I would posit that the Grand Slam is the most artfully-named maneuver in all of sport. It describes its own magnitude with alacrity. It is lightly pompous, but so then is the feat, which lends credibility to the title. It is borrowed by professional tennis, the sincerest form of flattery. It is flip, apt, and proud.

In short, it’s a perfect moniker.

–Mark Piebenga

6 Comments

Pie – love the analysis in a form of English rarely seen on this server! Still shocked that Miggy actually gave a compliment to a teammate. Is he turning a corner, perchance?

– Randy

I like “Grand Salami” haha. Nice that Miggy’s looking out for his teammate.
-Virginia
http://southernbelle.mlblogs.com

Miggy has had some issues off the field but he still seems like a great teammate and never really lets what happens outside the park affect what he does during the game. The fact that he says the right things is even better.

http://bluejaysnest.mlblogs.com/

Miggy is right about Raburn, in a sence, that’s he’s very streaky. Now that he’ll be playing second, the Tigers will need him to be more consistant. The Grand Slam is an awesome feat, for sure.
–Mike
‘Minoring In Baseball’

It’s nice to see more of the podcast crew guest blogging here. Very well said. “Grand Slam” is perfection in it’s own right, and yet every announcer still tries to put his/her own “creative” spin on it.
— Kristen

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