Writing the Miguel Cabrera DUI story in 2 minutes


Writing the Miguel Cabrera DUI story in 2 minutes

By Mary Paoletti

"You guys write in the paper 'alcoholic,' that's not right," Miguel Cabrera said. "I don't know how to explain, but it's not an alcohol problem."

Detroit's first baseman said this last spring.

Less than a year later, Cabrera's back in the news talking about drinking. And by 'talking about', I mean getting arrested for.

At least he looks happy?

Alas, it seems Miggy tried to kick the habit and it kicked him in the nuts instead. The DUI arrest was made on Wednesday in St. Lucie County, Florida.

Since we've seen this with Cabrera all before, the easiest way to get a handle the new situation is to take the March 2010 story and edit a few things. It would look something like this (Additions are in red. Obviously.) :

By The Associated Press

LAKELAND, Fla. Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera wants to clear a few things up....

First, hes not done drinking alcohol. And hes not an alcoholic.

You guys write in the paper alcoholic, thats not right, the Detroit first baseman said.... I dont know how to explain, but its not an alcohol problem.

The 27-year-old Cabrera spent much of not this winter undergoing counseling. He said he has not quit drinking and doesnt misses it "Like whoa."

First youve got to think about yourself. First you help yourself and then you can help everybody. And that's when you remember how much you love booze, so you have a drink. Then you have 37 more.

Having discussed his rehabilitation with reporters in Detroit last January, Cabrera arrived at spring training...hoping to resume a career that appeared briefly to be in jeopardy apparently isn't as much fun as getting wasted.

I was comfortable talking about everything because I think you cant hide it. Someday its (going to come out), he said. "Like on February 16, 2011, when I got pulled over and answered the cop's questions by swigging scotch. That's one of those times, when I slur at policemen to F off, when being drunk will be hard to hide."

Manager Jim Leyland has been used to be impressed with his cleanup hitters decision to confront the matter publicly. That was, of course, before Miggy got busted again.

He took on a challenge that he needed to take on. Thats a sign of maturity, Leyland said. "Pulling the 'Don't you know who I am?!' card after an arrest, though? That's not mature. It's really immature and it pisses me off. Seriously. What the hell."

"Its part of life to be a man and dont try to hide something if its broken." Cabrera said. "Right now, my Land Rover is broken. And my big leg bone might be, too, where the cops had to drive knee spikes into my thigh. So, that kind of hurts."

He did want to make it clear that he is not an alcoholic.

Its what you guys call it, its what you guys say. I dont have a problem with you guys saying that. Mostly because it's true. he said.

Brady enjoying "unique experience" of road trip


Brady enjoying "unique experience" of road trip

While being away from home isn’t uncommon for the Patriots - just think about all those Super Bowl trips - Tom Brady believes each excursion takes on it’s own feel, it’s own flavor and - eventually - it’s own meaning.

Back in 2014, the Pats went from playing in Green Bay and losing to the Packers straight to San Diego for a week on the West Coast prior to a rousing victory over the Chargers. That week, many players said in the aftermath, helped propel the team to great heights,.  You’ll recall, that season ended in grand fashion, a triumph in Super Bowl 49 over Seattle, at the time - and maybe still - the greatest Super Bowl ever played.

“I think all these experiences are pretty unique,” Brady said Friday from Falcon Stadium at the Air Force Academy. “That was a very unique experience. This is different.”

Brady spoke about the number of stops the Pats have and will have to make on this trip - from Denver to Colorado Springs then on to Mexico City Saturday before a Sunday night return to Foxboro and their own beds for the first time in 10 nights.

“When you’re on the road like this, there’s less to do,” he said. “You know my family is not here, my kids aren’t here. There’s nobody telling me what I did wrong in the house. It’s just being at home and now it’s being here and trying to figure out a way to win a game.”

Brady quickly smoothed over any possible ill-will at home - why make Gisele mad? - smiling and saying “I didn’t mean that so I’ll take it back.”

Kidding aside, the 40-year old signal caller seemed pleased with the work the Patriots have put in during this long trip. A week of team-bonding can’t be a bad thing, especially for a group that seems to be hitting it’s stride both on and off the field. There’s the five wins in a row and also a locker room that has a better understanding of one another than it did during the first month of the season. But Brady is not ready to make any grand proclamations. That just wouldn’t be his style.

“I think it’s still work in progress,” he said of team chemistry. “You look at still adding a player like Marty (Bennett) last week. Things are always changing and evolving. We’re still trying to figure out what we’re doing well and after 8 or 9 weeks, you start to figure those things out. Now we have to work hard at those things, try to really own them, and use them going forward to try and win the most important games. We have a lot of important games coming up, starting with this one. Hopefully we can play our best football going forward.”

Brady said he’s been fired up for this game with the Raiders south of the border ever since the schedule was released all those months ago.

“I’ve never been to Mexico City,” he said. “It’s been a game you kind of look forward to. We’re playing against a really good football team in a pretty cool environment. It will be very memorable. I think everyone is excited.”