DETROIT (WJBK) - A few weeks ago, Tigers' star Miguel Cabrera had some harsh words for fans. Tuesday he spoke for the first time to clarify what he meant.
"I wasn't talking about the fans," Cabrera said Tuesday.
The 11-time All-Star said he was talking about reporters when he said, "Nobody appreciates you when you play hurt, so I'm going to take my time and play when I'm good. I played hurt a lot of years here in Detroit. They don't appreciate that. When you are doing bad, they crush you. They crush you. They say you're bad, you should go home, you don't deserve anything, you're old. I say, 'OK, I'm done playing hurt.' Now I take my time."
Cabrera also responded to former Miami Marlins President David Samson saying that Cabrera always told him he wanted to return to play for the Marlins.
"I don't know why he said that," Cabrera said. "The time when I see him, he was in the All-Star game...long time ago. I never asked to be traded from here...I love Detroit. I appreciate how the people treat me here...I want to finish my career here."
Cabrera added, "I'm not here to prove anything."
Earlier during the press conference he said that he feels better and he'll see how he feels Wednesday. He added that he is "very close" and it's a matter of days before he can comeback.
The first baseman is hitting .323 with three home runs, 21 RBI and 13 runs. He's been out with a hamstring strain since May 3rd.
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