While things in Lakeland settle in for that period between reporting time and actual games being played, where we have nothing to judge by and few first-hand reports, there was a celebrity sighting. Of sorts.
Of course, the reports from Lakeland are that Cabrera thought he was the one seeing celebs when he looked at Gary Sheffield, Pudge Rodriguez, Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Guillen, Edgar Renteria…. well you get the picture.
“I see next to my locker, I see [Gary] Sheffield,” Cabrera said. “I see [Edgar] Renteria, Magglio [Ordonez]. I’m excited, you know? It’s like a dream come true.”
So exciting, Cabrera said, that it felt like his first day in the Major Leagues. Considering he hit a walk-off home run in his big league debut, that’s quite a feeling. If he can duplicate feats like that, the feeling from his new club will be mutual. (Tigers.com)
Apparently, Dontrelle Willis is fitting right in, too. It’s good to see the new guys are fitting in right from the start. Not that I didn’t expect it. It seems like there’s a good system in place in the organization — maybe it starts with Jim Leyland — that makes players happy and comfortable and want to stay. While players do leave teams they like, I think it’s always a good starting point to have a guy like Cabrera thinking positive thoughts about Detroit when it comes time to decide his free-agency future. With luck, he’ll enjoy being a Tiger so much this season, and the team will have such success, they’ll lock him up this offseason.