Miguel Cabrera doesn’t have to say he supports his manager. He lets his actions do his talking for him.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera was displeased at seeing a “Fire Ausmus” sign, so he gave the fan a baseball in exchange for the sign.
In what was a cordial barter, Cabrera spotted the sign during batting practice prior to Detroit’s game Tuesday at Wrigley Field. Though it’s been a tough season for the Tigers, who are 58-61, Cabrera did not want to see anyone calling for manager Brad Ausmus’ job. While walking to the dugout between innings, Cabrera grabbed a baseball and walked over to the fan, who was standing behind the Tigers’ dugout, and asked for the sign before tossing a baseball to the man.
The Tigers have already parted ways with general manager Dave Dombrowski, who has since been hired by the Red Sox. Ausmus, 46, is in his second season as a big-league manager. If Cabrera has his way, Ausmus will see a third season as the Tigers’ skipper. The Tigers swept their two-game series against the Cubs, scoring 25 runs in the process, and begin a four-game series against the visiting Rangers on Thursday.
As for Tuesday’s sign-holder, he was pleased with the trade.
“Cabrera is a great guy who had his manager’s back in the most fan-friendly way possible,” 28-year-old lawyer Justin Spiro told the Detroit News. “I was trying to get a ball for the kid next to me for two hours, so it all worked out.”
It’s not the first time Cabrera has taken a sign away from Spiro. The two had a similar exchange in 2012, when Cabrera took Spiro’s “Fire Leyland” sign, referring to former manager Jim Leyland. Things worked out OK after that exchange, with the Tigers reaching the 2012 World Series.