"He came in and said he wanted to play," Acta said. "I was trying to rest him and play the kids, but he wants to play. He wants to be out there for the final game to set an example for the kids."
Cabrera certainly had nothing left to prove.
Entering Wednesday's season finale against the Tigers, Cabrera was hitting .274 with 25 home runs, 32 doubles and 92 RBIs through 150 games for Cleveland this year. He started for the American League All-Star team and set records for homers in one year by an Indians shortstop an by a shortstop from Venezuela.
Cabrera has shied away from talking about his personal accomplishments throughout his impressive season.
He smiled when asked once again about his year.
"With my personality, I'm feeling really good," Cabrera said. "I'm really happy for my numbers. Right now, I'm more happy because we finished the season in second place. We enjoyed that moment. That's all."
Cabrera has arguably been the Tribe's most valuable player this season and not only because of his offensive statistics. The shortstop also played through a variety of minor health issues, but felt it was important to remain in the lineup as much as possible.
Cleveland was forced to deal with a wave of injuries that took a toll on its offense, losing Grady Sizemore, Shin-Soo Choo and Travis Hafner, among others, for extended stretches at various points. Cabrera knew he had to help pick up the slack in light of the persistent injury issues.
"I'm most proud of staying on the field," Cabrera said.
Cabrera was also proud of how the Indians played this season season, despite the many problems that came up over the past six months.
"We did a good job this year," Cabrera said. "Everybody on this team worked hard. We played hard every day and worked together. We're really happy to be where we are right now."
And Cabrera was happiest on the field on Wednesday.
"I felt like I wanted to finish my season on the field," he said.