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Saturday, April 14, 2012
As Cabrera stepped into the box against Chicago’s Jake Peavy [with two outs in the first inning], the Tigers’ right-handed slugger did what he’s done 5,062 times in his career; he walked up to the plate, toed the back line of the batter’s box and adjusted his helmet.
But there was a problem. Cabrera’s back foot was about six inches behind the back line as he he dug in. His right toe was searching for the back of the box but there was no chalk—something wasn’t right.
He called timeout and proceeded to plead his case with home plate umpire Adrian Johnson. He drew lines from the bottom of the plate to display proper angles as he absorbed the boos of the Opening Day crowd at U.S. Cellular field.
And he convinced Adrian Johnson. ...
The grounds crew corrected the mistake before Cabrera stepped back into the box.
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