The San Francisco Giants are hot on the trail of the Los Angeles Dodgers, just a half of a game behind them in the National League West standings. Should the team make the playoffs and reach the World Series, Melky Cabrera will certainly be in line for more accolades, having secured home-field advantage for the National League with his MVP performance in the 2012 MLB All-Star Game.
After the game, Cabrera talked about what it would mean if his team wound up on baseball's biggest stage. He was being modest:
It would be great, but I just have to keep focused and just keep doing the same thing that I've done in the first half, keep doing it in the second half and hopefully I can help my team make it to the playoffs.
When asked about how he felt about his return to Kansas City, where he played his 2011 season, Cabrera said, "Again, I'm just very thankful for the fans that voted for me to come here." Even after being traded following a good season, Cabrera's main concern is to just play baseball wherever he is given the opportunity.
Cabrera is hitting .353/.391/.519 with eight home runs and 44 RBI at the break.
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