After Miguel Cabrera nailed down baseball's first Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski accomplished the feat as a member of the Boston Red Sox in 1967, Yaz issued his congratulations to the Detroit slugger.
Yastrzemski's Triple Crown year came when he was 27 years old; he had a .326 batting average with 44 home runs and 121 RBI for the first-place Red Sox. In his statement, Yastrzemski acknowledged Cabrera's contribution to Detroit's run at the AL Central title:
"I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Miguel Cabrera on winning the Triple Crown. I am glad that he accomplished this while leading his team to the American League Central title. I was fortunate enough to win this award in 1967 as part of the Red Sox Impossible Dream Team."
The Red Sox fell to the Cardinals, four games to three, in the 1967 World Series. Cabrera and the Tigers will kick off their trek to the World Series against the Oakland Athletics on Saturday, Oct. 6.
Yaz wasn't the only one congratulating Cabrera Wednesday night -- Commissioner Bud Selig also lauded Cabrera's "remarkable achievement" and trumpeted that the slugger has made his mark in history.
"Miguel has long been one of the most accomplished hitters in the game, and this recognition is one that he will be able to cherish for the rest of his career in baseball and beyond. As the Tigers prepare for the Postseason, we have a global stage to witness Miguel's talent, which will go down as one of the hallmarks of Major League Baseball's extraordinary 2012 regular season."