Uh-Oh…Cabrera arrested again for a DUI

(photo from Detroit Free Press online)

– Here’s the story in the Freep.  And ESPN.com.  As you would imagine, it’s pretty much everywhere.  This story from an outlet in Florida, quotes Cabrera as saying “I’m going to (expletive) kill him” when asked who he was with.

I think this is much deeper than a ballplayer having too good of a time and making a poor decision.  Let’s see how the team and front office react.  I think the way the Rangers handled the Ron Washington cocaine admission was a catalyst for their success.  We’ll need something like that.


  1. Andrew in Toronto

    February 17, 2011 at 11:15 am

    “Uh oh” is right.

    I had been pretty excited about what Cabrera and the Tigers were going to do this year…

  2. Steve in OH

    February 17, 2011 at 11:27 am


    This is terrible in roughly every possible way.

  3. ouchudied

    February 17, 2011 at 12:12 pm


    Well it should be obvious now that he has a pretty major problem.

    It always worried me last year when they asked him about getting over his alcohol problem and he would say “I’m not an alcoholic.” Clearly he is.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      February 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      At least he was representing in a Lambo.

      • ouchudied

        February 17, 2011 at 1:18 pm

        I think that was the last name of the officer that arrested him.

  4. Nick D

    February 17, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Miggy has some personal issues with booze that he needs to work out but let’s not over react. For some reason, I don’t think that he’s a total alcoholic. I think he likes to binge drink more than he should and he makes bad decisions when he does. Hopefully some national embarrassment will dry him out.

    • kathy

      February 17, 2011 at 2:15 pm

      Booze makes him crazy.

    • Tbone

      February 17, 2011 at 5:22 pm

      “Hopefully some national embarrassment will dry him out”

      If tanking the Division championship didn’t shake him to his senses, what would? This isn’t his first time at the drunken rodeo.

      He has a serious problem that will take lifelong medical and emotional support to manage. Unfortunately for the Tigers and their fans, it puts a huge dent in our 2012 hopes. But more importantly, he needs an intervention before he inflicts serious injury on himself or others.

      • Nick D

        February 17, 2011 at 8:02 pm

        I respectfully disagree. I don’t think that his drinking is as big of a problem as one would believe based on the media coverage. I’m not condoning excessive binge drinking, but it is a reality that many 20-something’s drink too much and act like idiots. He shouldn’t be driving – that’s a given, but if he wasn’t one of the best players in baseball this story would be no different than many others that happen on a given night. Most young drunken idiots aren’t alcoholics. They’re filled with alcohol and make poor choices.

        He needs to be more responsible but I don’t think he’s an addict in need of life long counseling. I think he’s a celebrity with a sense of entitlement and has made a dangerous, dumb mistake.

        • Stormin Norman $

          February 18, 2011 at 3:54 pm

          well stated! professional athletes (especially the ‘super stars’) live a fantasy world existence and rarely hear the word “no”…frankly i’m surprised there are not more examples of idiotic and irresponsible behavior.

          I’m not a medical professional, nor an alcoholic or addict (or former), and based on the facts presented by the media, i’m not prepared or QUALIFIED to designate Cabrera as an “alcoholic”… immature, reckless, irresponsible, bone-headed SURE, but let’s leave the diagnosis to the medical professionals.

          Call me ‘an enabler’, but i think the media’s unequivocal rush to judgment may be a bit premature…

  5. stephen

    February 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    He’s going to get a major, season-killing suspension. There’s no way you blow a .26 bac before biggest game in ’09 and then in ’11 guzzle from a Scotch bottle in front of a cop and not get suspended. We’re not talking slightly over-the-limit stuff here, we’re talking scary he’s going to kill himself or somebody else before he is 30. There is absolutely no way he’s playing in April or May. He’s going to have to do a serious 60 day rehab program if not for himself, but at least as a Tigers/MLB face-saving gesture. Let me repeat: 3 times the legal limit the night before season’s biggest game in 09 followed by resisting arrest, swigging Scotch in front of cop equals major missed time.

    • David G

      February 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      I think they (MLB or the Tigers) will do something but nowhere near what you are suggesting.

  6. YpsiKicks

    February 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    well I guess we can gear up and get Pujols for our new first baseman now!! haha but seriously that would be sweet

    • ouchudied

      February 17, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      Serious. But for serious. Srsly.

  7. Coleman

    February 17, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I’m having terrible flashback visions of Carlos Guillen playing first base, somebody help me!

  8. Coleman

    February 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    “This story from an outlet in Florida, quotes Cabrera as saying “I’m going to (expletive) kill him” when asked who he was with.”

    You know things aren’t going well when you want to kill your imaginary friend.

    Unless Miggy was referring to his “skull on a stick” friend:

    “For the last couple of seasons the Marlins’ Cabrera, like Guillen, has worn multicolored Santeria beads and kept a number of lighted candles and Santeria icons in his locker, frequently making offers of money and drink to them. Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, an art dealer, even had a protective carrying case specially built so Cabrera could take his most imposing item — the likeness of a carved skull on a four-foot stick — with him on the road.”

    • Vince in MN

      February 17, 2011 at 10:15 pm

      He was performing a religious ritual on the side of the road – that’s OK then.

  9. kathy

    February 17, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Yea, he doesn’t ever need to be going out without a driver at the least. Was his car on fire………smoking? The only thing I can think of is bad radiator or some type of oil leak. Open bottle in the car is what kills me. We (myself and friends) used to do some real stupid things while in our 20’s, but “we” were all single and partied hearty. Seems like the cop could have taken him home or called someone. That’s how things used to be done, not that it’s right, but it could have been handled that way.

    • Josh

      February 17, 2011 at 11:03 pm

      are you seriously saying the cop should have just looked the other way and brought him home with no real consequences? As a Tiger fan, I am bummed, but I would be way more bummed if that happened. Driving drunk is a really stupid thing to do, as is resisting a police officer. All this from a man that last time he was publicly intoxicated had a physical altercation with his wife. That is certainly the wrong way to handle that sort of thing, no matter who he is. He is lucky that the cop did not make much bigger deal out of him resisting arrest and lucky he didn’t run someone over or kill someone in an accident.

      • Mr. X

        February 17, 2011 at 11:28 pm

        Gerald Laird surely would of handled this better. Wink.

        • Coleman

          February 17, 2011 at 11:43 pm

          Unless grampa were in the passenger seat, in which case–tasers!

      • kathy

        February 17, 2011 at 11:35 pm

        You think other cops and judges don’t get escorted home or have one of their friends intervene?

        • kathy

          February 17, 2011 at 11:50 pm

          I’m sad, mad, and disgusted with his behaviour. His face has a glow to it in that picture with the huge grin. My ex used to look like that when he drank. One time, he dropped me off to have my nails done and when I came out 45 minutes later he had walked to a local store and drank a pint of whiskey. His skin just glowed. Drunk as a skunk. I used to tell him he was allergic to alcohol.

          I hate that this happened and how much of a letdown it has created. He has done an incredibly stupid thing, but I think he knows that.

  10. Mr. X

    February 17, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    If I have to go by the picture, he sure doesn’t look drunk. His eyes don’t look blood shot either. One of the nicest mug shots I’ve ever seen.

    • Vince in MN

      February 18, 2011 at 4:31 am

      The smile is the giveaway. Nobody smiles for their mugshot unless they are………. well, drunk.

  11. Mr. X

    February 18, 2011 at 3:23 am

    Is DUI short for Do U know who I am?

  12. Vince in MN

    February 18, 2011 at 4:28 am

    And he is in the best shape of his career.

  13. Halzeimers

    February 18, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I am very disappointed in Cabrera because I worship at the Altar of Tigers. I know there are people in the world that occasionally do unfavorable things, however, nobody likes when negative issues hit so close to home. The Tigers need to do whatever it takes to get him on the field while extending a helping hand in his direction towards his personal issue(s). I can’t begin to understand what he is going through, but I would sympathize with him as I would anyone who falls to substance abuse. Some harmful habbits are SUPER DUPER hard to shake. 20 million bucks vs booze? I can’t imagine he wouldn’t try to shake it! Maybe the guy just needed a few more off season activities to keep him out of the bar!!!!!