Miguel Cabrera is undergoing treatment for his alcohol problems, and the Detroit Tigers are doing their best to take care of him and otherwise move on. But late Wednesday, a troubling police report came out that puts Cabrera as having been in a very dark place on the night of his arrest.
The report says that, prior to his DUI, Cabrera stopped into a bar after last call and was asked to leave. However, he didn't leave, and instead went over to talk to a table full of strangers. When the manager approached and again asked Cabrera to leave, he said:
"You don't know me," Cabrera told him. "I will kill you. I know all of you, and I will kill all of you and blow this place up."
One of the customers at the table said that Cabrera had threatened him and the manager. Cabrera apparently claimed to have a gun, although no gun has been reported to have been in Cabrera's possession.
Later, according to another document, when Cabrera was pulled over, he told the police "shoot me, kill me." He continued to act belligerently until he was forced into the back of the police car. We knew about the second part; we did not know about the first.
If there's any consolation here, it's that these events took place in the past, on a night when we already knew that Cabrera got himself in trouble. He has apologized and committed himself to the recommended treatment plan, and since then there hasn't been any drama. According to Jon Morosi, former big leaguer Raul Gonzalez has been assigned as Cabrera's companion for the treatment program. Gonzalez was recommended by Cabrera's agents, and will remain with Cabrera for the entire season.