Though primarily associated with warm weather, baseball games can be known to have frigid temperatures early on in a new year. While cold weather baseball happens on a yearly basis, snow during a baseball game is an incredibly rare occurrence. Honestly, I don’t even know if I can remember a time I’ve seen snow during a baseball game, so it might be safe to say that Miguel Cabrera now owns the most iconic snow-filled baseball moment.
The future hall of famer collected that achievement on Thursday afternoon when the Tigers opened the season at home against the Indians. Early on in the game, heavy snow flurries started pouring down. It made for some pretty spectacular images that were widely viewed on social media.
In the bottom of the first, with snow pouring down, Miguel Cabrera went to work against Shane Beiber. With a man on first, Miggy smoked a 1-1 offering for an opposite field home run. Due to the intense snowfall, Cabrera didn’t even see the ball and initially stopped at second.
It took a few moments for the home run to be confirmed, due to the obstruction. Once it was, Cabrera had officially hit the first home run of the 2021 season.
The home run went down as Cabrera’s 488th for his career. The 11-time All Star will be chasing two of baseball’s most iconic benchmarks in 2021; 500 home runs and 3,000 hits. Following the snow bomb, Miguel Cabrera needs just 133 more hits to become the 33rd member of the 3,000 hit club.