DETROIT - Chase Salazar got to live out a childhood dream for many people Friday when he put on a Detroit Tigers No. 24 uniform and played the body double for slugger Miguel Cabrera during a commercial shoot for FOX Sports at Comerica Park.
While other extras told him they had spent six hours trying to perfect Cabrera's swing in hopes of being selected, Salazar got the part only because his girlfriend signed him up for the gig a day earlier through the Ryan Hill Casting company in Detroit.
Salazar didn't even find out he had the job, which paid 200 for a morning of work, until the night before.
His first reaction?
"My jaw dropped," said Salazar, who recently moved to Rochester Hills (Mich).
The really crazy part?
He's a left-handed hitter in real life.
It took some quick studying, including watching some videos from a 2012 highlights package, to try to learn Cabrera's style from the other side of the plate.
"A little iffy," admitted Salaza...