Matthew Stafford Makes Detroit Return for Miguel Cabrera's 3000th Hit

Adam Taylor McKillop
Former Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford made his Detroit return for Miguel Cabrera's 3000th hit.
Former Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford made his Detroit return for Miguel Cabrera's 3000th hit. / JULIAN H. GONZALEZ/Detroit Free Press

For the first 12 years of his NFL career, Matthew Stafford was beloved by the Detroit Lions fanbase. Ultimately his personal dreams of winning a Super Bowl title resulted in a trade to the Los Angeles Rams.

Twelve years is a long time to spend with one team in today's professional sports landscape, and the city of Detroit undoubtedly holds a special place in Stafford's heart. The one-time Pro Bowl quarterback made his return to the city of Detroit for a special occasion on Saturday: Miguel Cabrera's 3,000th hit.

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Stafford joined the Detroit Tigers' broadcast following Miggy's special moment to discuss this rare baseball feat.

Miguel Cabrera 3000 Hits

Cabrera joined an elite club with his 3,000th hit on Saturday vs. the Colorado Rockies. He became just the 33rd player in league history to tally the mark. Miggy's powerful bat put him in an even-more exclusive club. The 15-year Tigers veteran owns 502 career home runs, making him just the seventh player in league history to accomplish both 500+ home runs and 3,000+ hits.

To no surprise, Stafford was there for this special moment. Cabrera joined the Tigers just one year prior to Stafford being drafted No. 1 overall back in 2009.

"It was so cool just to see the Detroit faithful stand up for every at-bat he got.... I was lucky enough to be in the stands and see that. What a pro that guy has been, Miguel for this city, for so many years. What a professional hitter, great guy to be around," said Stafford.

Stafford and Cabrera will go down as two legends in Detroit sports history.

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