Last night, Cabrera was arrested and charged with a DUI, resisting arrest and other reckless behavior charges. According to reports, Cabrera was uncooperative, cursed at the deputies and topped off the messy incident by playing the "do you know who I am?" card and taking a swig from a bottle of scotch right in the officer's face. Ugly, to say the least. Very ugly.
The latest word is that a now-sober Cabrera is embarrassed by the incident and plans a public apology. Ok, but that's NOT enough.
The bottom line is--
Cabrera is an alcoholic and needs intervention. Period.
I'm not saying this to be mean or condescending. I'm saying it because that's what the people around him need to tell him-- "Miguel, you're an alcoholic. You need help". "Miguel, tu eres un alcoholico. Necesita ayuda".
No more beating around the bush!
Cabrera has a disease. An unmerciful and unremorseful disease that will stalk him. It will hunt him down. And it will not rest, EVER, until it destroys him.
The Tigers and his family need to get more aggressively involved. There's no ifs, ands or buts about it!
This isn't Cabrera's first alcohol-related altercation and it won't be his last if he doesn't get the help he needs. Last off-season he did a stint in rehab but apparently it wasn't good enough. He needs to check into a more aggressive program. And the writing was on the wall after his rehab stint when he said, "I don't consider myself an alcoholic".
It's called DENIAL. The Tigers should know this. His family should know this.
The problem with Cabrera's arrest yesterday wasn't that he fell off the wagon. He's human, there's nothing wrong with that. The problem was his behavior after he got caught. His cockiness and his reckless attitude are not signs of a person who understands they have a problem.
When Josh Hamilton fell off the wagon last February he understood what he had done. Hamilton felt awful afterwards and drank his own tears in remorse. He apologized to his family, his team, the world and most importantly his god. He talked about it to the media and to anyone who would listen. Josh Hamilton is not in denial. He knows exactly who the demon is that dwells within him and he is doing everything in his power to keep it under control.
I'll say it again, there's nothing wrong with falling off the wagon but how you behave and respond afterwards is what says it all.
I wish nothing but the best for Cabrera. It's not an easy thing to come to terms with. But it has to start with Miguel Cabrera. Until he doesn't look in the mirror and admits it to himself, he will be on a collision course with disaster. And that would be a tragedy.