For the next several weeks we’ll be rolling out our list of the best The Moment’s of 2013. The list is the product of winnowing down 173 moments from April to October into the best twenty. They vary in their importance but all captivated us in an important way. A few are silly, a few are excellent plays, and a few will travel down in Tigers lore. I hope you enjoy it.
#9 – Cabrera homers off Salazar
You have to understand the context to really appreciate this particular moment. The Tigers had won ten straight and it looked like they could do no wrong. Then they ran into Danny Salazar, buzz-saw. Fister was solid, but Salazar was awesome. But awesome only gets you so far when the invincible Tigers sent their invincible man to the plate down a run with a man on base. You get the idea. The Tigers ended up allowing an equalizer, then Bonderman pitched well (!), and they rallied back. This whole game was crazy, and this moment in particular stood out.