Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera can do just about anything (well, except field). He hits for a high average. He hits (many) home runs. He’s an RBI machine. And apparently, he’s a pretty good shot.
During the top half of the fourth inning today, last year’s American League MVP stepped to the plate and hit a bomb to right center field at Tropicana Field, which just so happens to be the location of the Rays’ in-stadium fish tank.
The Rays ‘touch tank’ as its called, is a 35 foot high, 10,000 gallon tank filled with cownose rays taken from the local Tampa Bay waters. It’s a free area for game attendees, though, it’s limited to fifty patrons at a time who can not only touch the rays but can also feed them as well.
Before today, Luis Gonzales (when he was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2007) was the only player to ever drop a ball in the tank on the fly but Cabrera changed that when he launched a Jeremy Hellickson pitch into the pool.
The Rays have long said they’d donate $5,000 dollars to a local charity if any Ray was to hit a ball into the tank, but that’s yet to happen. No word if they’ll honor that for the visiting Cabrera.
You can watch it here or check out the YouTube video (while it’s active) below: