#4: Miggy becomes first player to homer off Mariano Rivera in back-to-back at-bats
Miguel Cabrera was playing severely hobbled in the late summer of 2013. Following the season he would have core muscle surgery, but in this August series in the Bronx, it showed just how tough Cabrera is, that he could play through this injury and absolutely thrive.
While this counts as one entry, it’s actually two homers from Miggy here. The Tigers were in their final at-bats in a Friday night and Sunday afternoon game against the New York Yankees. The retirement tour of Mariano Rivera was in full swing but he had blown his previous save chance prior to the Tigers coming to town.
The Tigers’ bats were stymied through eight innings when Cabrera stepped to the plate in the ninth inning with one man on. Watch how he shakes off the pain to do this:
Two days later, the Tigers were in a similar situation when Cabrera stepped to the plate and brought the team closer with a home run, becoming the first player to hit a home run off Mo in consecutive at-bats.
Victor Martinez came up two batters later and tied the score. The Tigers lost each of these games, but the drama, entertainment, and clutch nature of these moon shots is something to be remembered.