ESPN- The Detroit Tigers first baseman opted against signing the paperwork necessary to make him eligible for his playoff bonus, USA Today Sports reported. Miguel Cabrera would rather have a World Series ring than a playoff bonus, according to a report. According to the newspaper, Cabrera was sitting at his locker Wednesday when teammate Max Scherzer came around collecting signatures from the team. "I'm not signing anything," Cabrera told Scherzer.Designated hitter Victor Martinez, who had just signed the paperwork, had a conversation with Cabrera in Spanish. Cabrera maintained his position, concluding by saying: "I just want the ring."
Love this move by Miggy. He has a triple crown. All the batting titles he could ask for. A contract that could buy a moderately sized country. What else does he need on his resume? A fucking ring. My man wants himself a championship. Sure, he could still collect his share of the bonus money AND win a ring, but that's not the point. The point is to prove to his teammates that he is 'all in' on this season and the money doesn't matter to him (other than 292 million he is guaranteed in his contract). I mean 300k is a nice chunk of change to the average person, but to him it is like turning down a 5% discount at Macy's because you don't feel like filling out your information.
Here is most likely how this went down though. Scherzer came over and waved this piece of paper in front of Cabrera. Then Cabrera brushed him off because he didn't want to sign his name for like the 1,000 time of the day. Scherzer tried to explain it was just guaranteed money but Cabrera didn't want to hear anything of it. Then Victor Martinez came over and explained the situation in Spanish because if you already have 292 million dollars in America you do not have to learn the English language. Cabrera felt like a dumbass, but had to stick to his guns because he was already in too deep. Then he threw the spin on it to make it sound like he's the biggest team guy ever. He wants his ring and everyone else can have his money.
We have all been there. You spend an hour refuting something with your friends. Really give it the hard sell. Then at some point you are proven wrong, but after an hour of arguing it's too demoralizing to just admit your wrong. Therefore you stand by your original point no matter how wrong it is. Shit, if you're not going to be right then next best scenario is to never admit that you're wrong. That's just a life lesson right there.