Itís been 45 years since Carl Yastrzemski won the last Triple Crown. And he believes Detroitís Miguel Cabrera has a legitimate shot.
Yastrzemski, who was voted the reserve left fielder (behind Ted Williams) on the All Fenway Park Team, which was honored Wednesday night before the game, finds it hard to believe itís been this long since somebody has won it.
ďSomebodyís going to do it, whether itís Miguel Cabrera this year or someone next year,Ē Yaz said at a press conference alongside Dwight Evans after the ceremony. ďIím surprised itís gone on this long to be perfectly honest. When [Pete] Rose broke [Ty] Cobbís hit record and when [Cal] Ripken broke [Lou] Gehrigís consecutive game record, I never thought that would happen either, so itís going to happen.Ē
Yastrzemski said the Triple Crown was barely mentioned in 1967 because the Red Sox were marching toward their Impossible Dream season.
ďThe one thing that will help [Cabrera] is that heís in a pennant race,Ē Yastrzemski said. ďThereís so much more publicity nowadays, people call a report in every day. In í67, the Triple Crown wasnít even mentioned. We were so involved I didnít know Iíd won it until the next day when I read it in the paper.
"The only person who mentioned it the last two weeks of the season was Jim Lonborg. He came up to me. We were playing in Baltimore against Frank Robinson, who was ahead of me by a few points. He said, ĎGet some hits because Iím gonna give Frank an 0-fer.í He went 0 for 5.Ē
Yastrzemski batted .326 with 44 homers and 121 RBIs in 1967. Cabrera entered Wednesday leading the American League with a .329 average and 133 RBIs. He was one homer behind Texas' Josh Hamilton, who had 43 entering the night.