In the 10th inning on Saturday night with the score tied, Fernando Rodney was left in the game to face Miguel Cabrera. What happened next is now our favorite moment of the season (see full video below).

Cabrera was clearly on edge from the beginning of the at bat. After the second strike Cabrera spits in the direction of Rodney. Then, after an 0-2 pitch sails high, Cabreara stairs down Rodney who gestures back at Cabrera. The next pitch was up-and-in.

And. It. Was. On.

Rodney would eventually strike out Cabrera who cried all the way back to the dugout and then some. Here is the entire sequence…

Why? This might go back to After Friday night’s game when Miguel Cabrera celebrated the Tigers’ win by mocking Fernando Rodney’s “Shoot the Moon” routine…

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And that might have had something to do with Rodney shooting the moon during the World Baseball Classic when Rodney’s Dominican team easily beat Cabrera’s Venezuelan squad 9-3. That routine became a huge part of the Dominican squad’s run to the WBC title, which leaves us wondering what Cabrera’s Dominican teammates feel about his gesture…

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  1. Burg says:

    Does the MLB not see Cabrera call Rodney a "maricon" after he K's. If Escobar gets suspended for using gay slurs en espanol then so should Fatbrera.

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  2. Ken says:

    Classic confrontation. Good for you Fernando. Miggy, Joey Bats and others need to be pushed off the plate a lot more. They're way to comfy in the box.
    Rodney went old school on Cabrera and Miggy took offense, poor baby.
    All in all it was a very good game, lots of drama. Luke's poke shocked the Tigers, and Verlander. You could see the tension in their dugout.
    The kids, Archer and Torres, kept us close. Big hits by Loney and Wil set the table and Yunel delivered. Big win.

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  3. Bill says:

    It's so sad that such a talented player has such attitude problems. Or is it roid rage now that he's off the sauce? And it is a shame that a manager, who I thought was classy, forgets that throwing up and in to back someone off has been part of baseball strategy since time immemorial. Leyland has been a straight shooter in my recollection. Clearly he doesn't want to call out his stud. But going on the record condemning that pitch just told the rest of baseball how to get to Fatbrerra.

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  4. Dean says:

    Leyland's way overrated. No manager today does less with more. When he speaks, ignore.

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  5. bbmern says:

    I was not happy when Cabrera mocked Rodney on Friday, so good for Rodney! I think we're even. However, will not be surprised if one of our guys gets plunked today. Cabrera was a big baby last night...must have issues with Rodney..IMO.

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    • Joe says:

      You must be new to baseball. You don't try to hit somebody in the head, like Rodney did, for any reason. Especially because hey supposedly mocked you the day before. What a joke.

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  6. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    Rodney had/has every right to buzz the tower on a red hot hitter crowding the plate who just so happened to mock him the night before. The point that is being overlooked here though is that it was horrible timing to be playing around with games of one-upsmanship...

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    • Joe says:

      If he has the right to do thta, then Cabrera should have the right to go out to the mound and "buzz the tower" with his bat. That's a joke. You don't throw at somebody's head, for any reason, but because they supposedly "mocked" you the day before might be the dumbest reason of all.

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  7. bbmern says:

    Cabrera showed him up...I would compare that to a certain ex football player who stamped his feet on the Cowboys star. It was sweeettt to see Rodney ring him up and even sweeter for a Rays win...ohhh that felt soo damned good! Karma does come back to bite one in the ars.

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  8. Roger says:

    any chance can we get the Farnsworth Cabrera video up. I heard lots about it but haven't seen it yet.

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