With the Los Angeles Angels beginning a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers this weekend, it gives the team a final opportunity to face Miguel Cabrera as a visiting player.
The future Hall of Famer announced that he will retire after the 2023 season, concluding a legendary 21-year career. For all of the Tigers’ road series this season, the opposing team has celebrated the 40-year-old’s success by presenting him with a unique gift.
Prior to Saturday’s matchup at Angel Stadium, the Angels held a pregame ceremony for Cabrera that was attended by Albert Pujols and gave him a surfboard, via Sam Blum of The Athletic:
Albert Pujols is here for the Angels' pregame ceremony to honor Miguel Cabrera.
Pujols is an Angels employee as part of his 10-year, $10-million personal services contract.
The Angels are giving Cabrera a surf board as a retirement gift.
— Sam Blum (@SamBlum3) September 17, 2023
Cabrera, who is known to surf in his free time, was presented the gift from Pujols and Mike Trout. The surfboard lists all of Cabrera’s accomplishments in the MLB, which include two-time MVP honors, four-time American League batting champion and the Triple Crown in 2012.
Pujols, who is a special assistant to the Angels and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, went through a similar process last year after retiring with the St. Louis Cardinals.
After being honored by the Angels, Cabrera went on to provide the game-winning RBI that sealed a 5-4 win for the Tigers in 10 innings. Cabrera finished the night 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI.
Angels’ Anthony Rendon has fracture in leg
Days after Shohei Ohtani was ruled out for the remainder of the 2023 season due to an oblique injury, Anthony Rendon revealed that he has a fracture in his left leg.
The high-priced third baseman sustained the injury after fouling a ball off his leg in a Fourth of July matchup against the San Diego Padres. Rendon has not appeared in a game since and also declined to say whether or not he will return next season.
Rendon has three years remaining on the seven-year, $245 million contract he signed prior to the 2020 season.