Originally written June 20, 2013 on Fox Sports Detroit:
DETROIT -- Jhonny Peralta turned while rounding third base and the noise of the fans at Comerica Park was deafening. Seconds earlier, the Detroit Tigers shortstops two-run homer off Andrew Bailey had turned defeat into a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox. Now he was headed home and the first player waiting in front of the circle of joy at the plate was Miguel Cabrera. Peralta could not stop smiling. Its a good feeling, he said Thursday night in the clubhouse. To see everyone at home plateHitting a home run there that is the best you can feel. Peralta began the night with the third-highest batting average in the American League. Hes hitting .329, and has more doubles (21) and a higher on-base percentage (.385) and slugging percentage (.496) than any AL shortstop. Shoot, his slugging percentage is higher than Detroit cleanup hitter Prince Fielders. And yet Peralta is third in All-Star Game voting at his position. He flies under the radar quite a bit here and probably nationally, too, said Tigers manager Jim Leyland. But he made a quality play in the hole tonight and hit a home run to win the game. Hes doing pretty good. Im happy for Jhonny. Im happy for the team. Phil Cokes eighth-inning meltdown didnt end up sending the team to its third consecutive defeat after all. There were smiles everywhere. And even the deposed closer, Jose Valverde, got in on the fun by drenching Peralta with a Gatorade cooler dump as FOX Sports Detroits Shannon Hogan interviewed him outside the dugout. Valverde surprised me, Peralta said. It was really cold, too. Peralta was still smiling. It was the third walk-off homer of his career, and the first since beating the Chicago White Sox on May 4, 2012. Hes having an All-Star year and hes playing very good, said Tigers infield and first base coach Rafael Belliard, who spends about as much time with Peralta as anyone. He comes to play every day, and is unbelievable. Hes quiet, and everything you ask he does. Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy (.270, 14 homers, 43 RBIs) leads with 1,871,010 votes. He won the Gold Glove last year, has three homers off Justin Verlander this season and has produced more runs for his club than Peralta has for Detroit. But how can Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers (.239, no homers, 23 RBIs) have 1,358,412 votes to lead Peraltas 1,322,791? Its because fans vote largely on reputation. However, Peraltas quiet profile got a boost Thursday night. His walk-off homer that set off quite a celebration was getting replayed across the land. And maybe, just maybe, it got him on the radar with some folks.

Raiders reportedly expected to make a run at Jon Gruden

FCC unanimously ends sports blackout rule

Michael Phelps arrested for DUI

Is hiring Mack Brown a real possibility for SMU Mustangs?

NFL: Abdullah should not have been penalized for praying

Belichick: Pats 'didn't play well enough at all' against Chiefs


Astros new manager A.J. Hinch: ‘Goal is to win championships’

Oakland Raiders fire Dennis Allen after 0-4 start

Did Roger Goodell’s bodyguard assault a photographer?

Kobe Bryant, Deron Williams engage in war of words

Georgia RB Todd Gurley falsely accused of punching student

Russell Westbrook: "I'm the best point guard" in NBA

Oregon to don pink-themed unis for breast cancer awareness

Is DeMarco Murray the best RB in the NFL?

WATCH: TBS sends up 'Boom Goes the Dynamite' with promo

Ilya Bryzgalov takes photos with fans while on the bench

NFL Awards: Week 4 edition

The best and worst MLB players in September

Tracking demanding career paths of all Top 25 head coaches

NFL Power Rankings: Week 4

Strahan to make cameo as stripper in 'Magic Mike' sequel

The rise of Houston's Bill O’Brien

Bill Belichick laughs off QB question...literally

Patriots fan fails with American flag face paint

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Raiders to make a run at Jon Gruden?

Is DeMarco Murray the NFL's best RB?

Ilya Bryzgalov takes photos with fans while on the bench

NFL Awards: Week 4 edition

Michael Phelps arrested for DUI

NFL admits error on Abdullah penalty

Best, worst MLB players in Sept.

College FB coaches, tough career paths

NFL Power Rankings: Week 4

Raiders fire Dennis Allen after 0-4 start

Chiefs player penalized for praying after TD

Did Roger Goodell’s bodyguard assault a photographer?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.