Miguel Cabrera received a standing ovation after flying out and striking out in his only two at-bats Wednesday night, and leaving the Tigers' game against the Kansas City Royals in the fourth inning with the Triple Crown in sight.
Cabrera high-fived his teammates as he entered the Detroit dugout, then walked back to the top step and waved his helmet as a crowd of mostly Royals fans gave him a standing ovation.
Cabrera finished the regular season with a .330 average, 44 homers and 139 RBI, essentially wrapping up baseball's first Triple Crown since Boston's Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.
''I would say without question he's enjoyed it. How could you not enjoy what he's done if you're a baseball player?'' Tigers manager Jim Leyland said before the game.
''I would also add to that I doubt very much, knowing him, that he necessarily enjoys all the extra attention, and all the extra conversations he has to have, it's kind of out of his realm in personality, to be honest with you.''