I have no idea if Miguel Cabrera’s recent capturing of the Triple Crown will yield a musical tribute.
But it’s safe to presume that the Detroit Tigers’ star won’t get anything like what Carl Yastrzemski, the last man to lead his league in homers, runs batted in and batting average, inspired with his 1967 feat.
Boston radio disk jockey Jess Cain recorded “The Carl Yastrzemski Song,” with corny lyrics and sound effects to harken back to a more innocent and playful time. I’m not knocking it; just realizing that 45 years is a damn long time to go not only without a Triple Crown winner, but also to observe the stark differences in how athletes were revered then.
This has got an “I Like Ike” sentiment that just doesn’t cut it today, along with a little old-school oompah since replaced in Red Sox nation by “Sweet Caroline.”
I’m not sure how you can follow along with Cain, but it’s an interesting, if irritating, listen.