NEW YORK — Miguel Cabrera has the kind of numbers that draw attention from fans.
It’s the same reaction he gets from his peers, too.
“That’s just like, video game,” Washington slugger Bryce Harper said. “It’s just, Miggy is going up there and ... going ‘Hey, if I don’t hit a homer, I shouldn’t be playing today.’”
Cabrera hit .330 with 44 homers and 139 RBI last season, winning the AL Triple Crown.
The third baseman is hitting .365 with 30 homers and 95 RBI at the All-Star break this year.
Not that he’s all that impressed with any of it.
“There isn’t a lot of time to see that,” he said. “Maybe if I see it in the game, you know how they put it on the scoreboard? So I think that’s the only chance we got time to see it. Because you got to worry about other stuff, why are you going to worry about the stats?”
UP FOR BID: When Artie Gore made his major league debut, his fellow umpires autographed a ball and gave it to him as a keepsake.
Now it’s being auctioned off for more than $20,000 – and not because it was used in an umpire’s first game 66 years ago.
It was Jackie Robinson’s first game, the one that broke the color barrier.
The ball had been in a box of memorabilia in a home in Watertown, Mass., for about 15 years. Today, it will be auctioned off at the All-Star Game.
HARP ON THIS: Harper had his name misstated in a pregame news conference – NL manager Bruce Bochy called him “Bryan” before correcting himself immediately – and was slotted in the 9th spot in the order.
Welcome to the All-Star Game, kid.
The second-year Washington Nationals outfielder said he’s never batted ninth before.
“That’s usually for the pitcher. I don’t think I’m pitching tomorrow,” Harper said. “You know, we’ve got a great lineup one through nine. It’s pretty tough to get in that lineup, so I’m just very excited and blessed.”
FOR RELAXING TIMES: Adam Wainwright pitched on Sunday, so he’s unavailable for today’s All-Star Game.
The St. Louis starter is set to make the most of his time off, anyway.
“I would love to pitch in the game, obviously, but also right now this break is perfect timing for me,” Wainwright said. “I brought my tennis shoes, my shagging glove, and if I had a hammock... that would put it over the top.”