Posted November 16, 2012 on AP on Fox
When the AL MVP award went to Miguel Cabrera on Thursday, it was a big hit back home. Jose Torres, one of Cabrera's uncles in Venezuela, said he celebrated by setting off fireworks in the working-class neighborhood where the Detroit Tigers' slugger grew up in the city of Maracay. ''When the neighbors heard the fireworks, they came out of their house to celebrate with us,'' Torres told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. Cabrera, baseball's first Triple Crown winner in 45 years, also became the first Venezuelan player to be chosen MVP in the major leagues. Torres said he had fully expected his nephew to win, ''but baseball can bring surprises, so while waiting we were a little nervous.'' He said Cabrera's mother gave him the news after her son called her from Miami. Torres, who still coaches kids on the field where Cabrera once practiced, said: ''It was so exciting. We're very happy.'' At a baseball game in Caracas on Thursday night, a crowd of about 15,000 applauded...
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