Miguel Cabrera poses as conductor as Tigers help kick off Mozart Festival

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra got its Mozart Festival started Thursday, and the Detroit Tigers were the first organization to help kick things off.

The three-week festival "takes a look at the famously light-hearted 18th century composer [Wolfgang Mozart] who challenged the status quo of European music," according to the festival's website.

Composer and director of the orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, gave Tigers veteran Miguel Cabrera a crack at leading the charge.

Cabrera did his best conductor impression, then gave Slatkin a thank-you pat on the backside.

The 11-time All-Star slugger displayed some finesse in swinging that baton.

He might not have much of a future conducting symphonies, but the 33-year-old proved his personality can help light up a room.

-- Josiah Turner