This is a mark for the ages, a stirring ode to old-school baseball, when hitters pulled their socks up high and just kept slugging. Miguel Cabrera did what supposedly couldn't be done anymore, and he did it with unflinching power and uncommon calm.

Cabrera completed the unthinkable Wednesday night, capturing the game's first Triple Crown in 45 years. And you know what's really amazing? He's so consistently great, once the achievement was possible, there was little doubt he'd do it.

With two outs in the fourth inning against the Royals, the game was stopped, and this was it. Cabrera was playing third, and replacement Ramon Santiago trotted in from the bench, and the crowd immediately knew what it meant. Jim Leyland recognized his star had done enough, and he gave Cabrera the moment he'd earned.

As Cabrera left the field, the crowd stood and clapped, and players in both dugouts did the same. He doffed his cap and embraced Leyland with a huge hug, and the ovation didn't stop until Cabrera bounded back out and waved again. It was classy of the Kansas City crowd, and in the years ahead, this Triple Crown should take its place among the remarkable seasons in baseball history.

"I don't believe this is happening right now," Cabrera said afterward, emotion heavy in his voice. "I don't believe three weeks ago it's gonna happen. I don't believe it's supposed to happen. But you always dream. When Skip took me out, I didn't know what to do. My mind was blank, I don't know how to explain it. It was hard the last two weeks because everybody was talking about it."