Miguel Cabrera has more than superior strength, keen eyesight, and speedy-kwik reflexes.
He probably owns a Swiss bank and a small army somewhere.
But “Miggy” also possesses two other qualities that we should adopt and make a part of our professional resource “arsenal” as Tigers’ commentator Jim Price would say. (and say, and say, and say…)
And while I wish the two qualities I’m referencing were “youth” and “a winsome fun-loving smile,” I’m not.
For me, these attributes are long gone.
No, I’m talking about two significant characteristics of Cabrera’s mindset that offer potential benefit for each one of us.
Now perhaps you’re wondering how I can claim to even know about what goes on inside Miguel Cabrera’s head.
Admittedly, we aren’t Skype buddies or anything – nor did I camp out for weeks across the street from his home.
But I heard Tiger teammate Nick Castellanos, a 22 year-old rookie 3rd baseman, asked about Cabrera on an afternoon sports talk radio show.
The questioner wanted to know what it must be like to be in the locker room, in the dugout, and on the field with a future “Hall of Famer” like Cabrera.
Castellanos responded in a manner that reminded me of a smooth and savvy (yet woefully underpaid) school communicator.
He said that rubbing elbows with Cabrera day-to-day was a major career uplifter.
First of all, Cabrera has an “enthusiastic joy for the game” that is both consistent and contagious.
His approach to the game is inspirational and he genuinely desires everyone around him to do well.
Castellanos said he’ll always be a better teammate and player himself because of his time with Cabrera.
Castellanos then said that “Miggy has a uniquely blank mind.”