“I didn’t know about the cold here, bro,” Cabrera joked about coming to Detroit. “When I come in here the first time, I say, ‘Why they trade me?’”
Former Marlins president David Samson appears and discusses the circumstances behind the deal.
“The concern was that we were trading a Hall of Famer, but I really didn’t think it would end the way it did with the way the trade happened,” Samson said. “I didn’t realize that I would be famous for making the worst trade in the history of baseball.”
Dombrowski goes over familiar ground, but also references the injuries Cabrera played through during his prime years to try to push the Tigers over the top. Dombrowski recalls suggesting Cabrera see a doctor about the groin injury that hampered him down the stretch in 2013, only for Cabrera to agree on the condition that they let him keep playing no matter what.
Some of the surprise stars cover new ground. Dontrelle Willis plays a starring role discussing Cabrera’s early years with the Marlins. Pudge Rodriguez tells of early batting cage sessions with Cabrera in Florida. Former MLB slugger
Adrián González tells stories from the Marlins system as Miggy’s roommate and playing basketball together. Mike Lowell recalls being a veteran on that 2003 Marlins squad watching Cabrera carry the team.
But the biggest star, of course, is Cabrera, both in new interviews and archived ones. The latter is like stepping through time and watching the various stages of Miggy’s young face, at one point flipping through like a photo album. The new interviews show off Cabrera’s sharp memory, even for his home run in his MLB debut.
“I was chasing everything,” he said of that game. “I sat in the dugout and I said, ‘Come on, let’s go out there and make contact.’”
As he watches footage of his famous 2003 World Series at-bat against Roger Clemens, he smiles after Clemens throws up and in to him.
“I stare at him,” Cabrera laughs. “What am I doing?”
All of this reinforces a poignant quote that comes through at the end.
“Playing in the big leagues is quick,” Cabrera said at one point. “It’s going fast, so you have to take a moment and enjoy this game.”
Sounds like something he could have said last week, but it’s an archived interview from a younger-looking Miggy.