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Pinch hitting: David Fox

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 01, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

First, a story: A few years ago, my little sister was living in Boston when Jon Lester threw his no-hitter. I’d seen highlights of the final out, so I knew about the milestone, and within a few minutes, my sister called me. There was enough noise in the background that I believed her when she said she was at Fenway. Now, my sister knows and likes baseball – she’ll go to games anywhere — so she understood what a no-hitter meant, but she had no idea of the historical significance of what she’d just seen.

“The crowd went crazy,” she told me. “Was that his first one or something?”

That’s my random no-hitter story. Here’s David Fox’s.

David is our next Pinch Hitter, and he’s in his final semester at Binghamton University. He wrote that he’s been a programmer most of his life, “so I’ll probably be doing that after college.” David also enjoys photography, writing, collecting sports memorabilia, and following the Yankees. You can also check out his personal blog.

I just turned 22, and it’s hard for me to believe that I have baseball memories which date back more than a decade. Through the years, I’ve formed a mental scrapbook of all the great Yankee moments I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing. Each “page” features one of these memories from my unique perspective. Only recently did I fondly, yet somewhat begrudgingly reflect on a bit of history that I was present for during the magical 1998 season.

In the late 90′s, as some might remember, a fad called “Beanie Babies” had reached its peak and everyone wanted them. My mom and her friend were avid collectors and there was little they wouldn’t do to get their hands on the rare ones. When they heard that the Yankees were featuring a Beanie Baby giveaway, they knew they needed to get tickets. I was only 8 at the time, and my love for baseball had not yet emerged. Looking back, I’m pretty certain my friends and I wouldn’t have been invited if the giveaway weren’t only for kids.

Fast forward to May 17, 1998. It was Beanie Baby Day at Yankee Stadium, or as it’s sometimes better known: the day David Wells pitched a perfect game.

In the morning, my mom and her friend set out to the stadium, and they dragged my 8-year-old self and my two friends with them. We got there, received our prized Beanie Babies and took our seats.

Let’s do a quick rundown of our cast: We had two moms who that didn’t know baseball and three 8-year-old kids whose attention spans were less than admirable — a recipe for baseball-spectating disaster!

Unsurprisingly, when my mom decided in the sixth inning that it would be smart to leave so we could beat traffic, there were no objections. I can only imagine the odd looks we got as we happily walked out of Yankee Stadium with a perfect game in progress!

About an hour after leaving, my mom and I opened the front door of our house, and all we heard was my dad yelling, “How could you guys leave early?!?!? Do you realize what happened?!?”

I can’t help wonder if we were the only five people out of the 49,820 in attendance to leave Yankee Stadium before the last pitch that day.

Thirteen years later, I’m a die-hard Yankee fan and I have been for years. My early-exit perfect game experience has left me with positives, negatives, but most importantly, lessons. Although I didn’t get to appreciate what I saw and could have seen, I ended up with a ticket stub and Beanie Baby from the game, both of which I still have. But obviously, as a huge baseball fan, it’s difficult to accept that I left a first-hand viewing of baseball’s rarest feat. I’d do anything to go back in time and stay until the end. However, this leads me to the lesson.

It has become abundantly clear to me that there is so much more to witnessing history than just being present. It’s the ability to truly appreciate the significance of the event that means the most. So I propose this to dedicated baseball fans: If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the stands at what is shaping up to be a significant baseball moment, or maybe even a perfect game, take a good look around. There might be 50,000 people in the stands, but how many have the knowledge to truly appreciate the incredible moment they’re about to witness? If you’re one of those lucky ones who can be watching a perfect game with the aptitude to realize you’re getting to see something that’s happened 20 times in 140 years, then you certainly get to take the event in at a higher level.

When you’re watching any incredible baseball moment unfold, I implore you never to take the fact that you’re able to fully appreciate it for granted. There’s a great chance the significance is passing by many people right around you, like it did to me that day.

It might even be nice to let an unknowing spectator in on the secret.

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84 Responses to “Pinch hitting: David Fox”

  1. Erin February 1st, 2012 at 9:11 am

    David- great story! Very funny. :)

  2. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 1st, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Sweet story. :)

    Even though you didn’t stay to the end, you still have bragging rights. And if someone doesn’t believe you were there, just show them your beanie baby!

  3. Baseball Mogul February 1st, 2012 at 9:19 am

    And I’m tough on myself for going into work that day & missing the telecast. Now I feel better…

  4. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I was at Shea stadium with my Father and Uncle to witness Jim Bunning pitch his.

    I was old enough to appreciate it, and still do.

    What a special time and how fortunate.

    My poor Father, may he RIP, was a diehard Mets fan. That’s why we happened to be there.

    That, and because we all loved Baseball.

    :)

  5. pat February 1st, 2012 at 9:21 am

    “It’s the ability to truly appreciate the significance of the event that means the most.”

    Wise beyond your years. Good job David.

  6. blake February 1st, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Cool story

  7. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Sounds like we’d better appreciate every “muscle twitch” from Mo this year.

    ;)

  8. blake February 1st, 2012 at 9:28 am

    It is nowto officially the month that baseball starts!

  9. Villa Nova-Ya February 1st, 2012 at 9:31 am

    David -

    What a funny story!

    I enjoyed it thoroughly!!!!

    And I never thought about the idea that some people could have been at the game simply to get the beanie baby, but it was quite the craze back then. People couldn’t believe that we actually let our kids play with theirs!!!

  10. 86w183 February 1st, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Love reading stories like this one.

    I was at the Stadium for a DH with Washington on Memorial Day 1968. I was ten and got to see The Mick go 5-for-5 with 2 HR.

    I’ll never forget it.

    He didn’t play in game two and I cried.

  11. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Blake-

    And the SB is this Sunday.

    :)

  12. blake February 1st, 2012 at 9:36 am

    “And the SB is this Sunday.,

    Meh…..just means one week closer to pitchers and catchers :)

  13. DFox February 1st, 2012 at 9:44 am

    @ Erin and trisha
    Thanks so much, I’m really glad you two enjoyed it.

    @Baseball Mogul
    Haha, glad I was able to make you feel better :)

    @MTU
    Great story. It’s a great thing that you got to appreciate it. No doubt something you’ll always remember.

    In regards to your Mo post – My friends and I always joke about that, but now that I think about it, it’s very relevant to my post. Whenever his last few games might come, I can’t help but wonder how many people in the stands will be able to fathom how much of a rock he’s been through what will be just a gigantic amount of time in the baseball world. I think it’s something only us true Yankee fans will be able to grasp completely.

    @pat
    Thanks so much. The stories/posts for the series have been so good, so I felt like I had a lot to live up to. I’m really appreciative of the positive feedback I’ve gotten so far.

    @blake
    Thanks!

    @Villa Nova-Ya
    Thanks a ton, I really appreciate it! This the first writing piece I’ve ever had published, so I didn’t know how it would turn out. Before this, I pretty much only wrote persuasive essays haha.

    @86w183
    That’s awesome. lol @ crying in game 2. Probably the best piece in my collection is a signed Mantle 8×10, and I can only imagine how cool it must’ve been to see him play. I wish I did, but at least this one I can’t blame myself for :)

  14. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Blake-

    So you won’t enjoy drinking a few brewski’s and watching the Giants crush the Pats in the meantime ?

    :)

  15. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 1st, 2012 at 9:46 am

    blake, bite your tongue! This has to be the Sunday that the Pats are once against victims of their own bad karma and the Giants emerge victorious!

    (it just has to be…)

  16. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 1st, 2012 at 9:47 am

    MTU – of course you get it!

    :)

  17. austinmac February 1st, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Okay, my story is seeing Mickey hit two home runs, including one over the 461 sign, in 1964. Seeing that, one of Roger’s 61 and Stottlemyer’s first game are the days that stay with me. Not bad seeing I only say three games in person from my remote location.

    Blake, I join you in seeing the Super Bowl as a mere indicator baseball is finally coming back.

  18. pat February 1st, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Epstein on Cashman, “…. I was never able to totally relax, because I felt like he was always lurking.”

    Some might call that stealth.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02.....imessports

  19. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 9:51 am

    DFox-

    When Mo leaves their is gonna be a Crater to fill.

    The shadow he casts almost covers the Earth like an Eclipse.

    And the shoes he leaves behind seem almost impossible to fill.

    I always appreciate what he does. His singular excellence. His humility.

    This year I will pay extra close attention though. Gonna savor the moments.

    ;)

  20. blake February 1st, 2012 at 9:53 am

    MTU,

    Ill be pulling for the Giants because I like Eli……but the NFL to me is like a Katy Perry song that has been played out on the radio for 6 months……Im just so sick of hearing about it at this point.

  21. MaineYankee February 1st, 2012 at 9:56 am

    pat February 1st, 2012 at 9:48 am
    Epstein on Cashman, “…. I was never able to totally relax, because I felt like he was always lurking.”

    Some might call that stealth.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02…..imesspor
    ————————————————————————-

    I guess that puts a hole in randys idea of Cashman going to work for Theo when he gets fired. :lol:

  22. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Trisha-

    There is no Love lost between me and Boston sports teams.

    That is for sure.

    It applies equally well to the Pats as it does to the Sux.

    But of course, you knew that !

    ;)

  23. Rich in NJ February 1st, 2012 at 9:57 am

    “Ill be pulling for the Giants because I like Eli…”

    I stopped reading after this :D

  24. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Blake-

    Just drink the beer, enjoy the commercials, and sit back and watch the Pats go down in flames for the 2nd time (I hope).

    It’s fun.

    :)

  25. Ys Guy February 1st, 2012 at 9:59 am

    hahahaha eli haters having their worst season ever…. :)

  26. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 10:01 am

    It time to walk the Mops.

    Catcha’ later.

  27. blake February 1st, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Rich,

    I can pull for the Pats if you like ;)

  28. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Blake-

    And if that isn’t good enough there is always the “Cheerleaders”.

    :)

  29. Ys Guy February 1st, 2012 at 10:05 am

    on monday somebody’s gonna be whining about how wimpy eli looks holding the lombardi trophy…again!

    he’s laughing all the way to canton…

  30. pat February 1st, 2012 at 10:05 am

    From an interview with Kevin Mench……The Buck/Alex dynamic playing out in NY instead TX would have been fascinating with the NY media fanning the flames.

    “In 2003 Mench suffered a broken wrist after being hit with a pitch which required him to rehab it back to playing strength. He remembers when notorious micro-manager Buck Showalter tried to call him out in front of his teammates.

    “Buck walked in and says ‘Who here thinks Mench should go play winter ball?’ Alex stands up and says ’I don’t think he needs to go anywhere. I think he needs to be here playing with us.’ Buck turned around and walked out.”

  31. upstate kate February 1st, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Love your post DFox. I remember the Beanie Baby craze all too well.

    We always try to catch a baseball game when we travel, be it MLB, minor league or Cape Cod league. In 2001 we were in AZ and caught an extra innings D’backs game. At the end the kids were invited to run the bases. The parents were allowed on the field to watch. I remarked to my then 10 year old son that this was the first time I had ever been on a MLB playing field. He replied that it was his first time too. I don’t think it made the same impression on him as it did on me :)

    I have the honor of seeing Tex’s only 2 GS at YS, once as an Angel, the second as a Yankee. You just never know what you might see.

  32. Erin February 1st, 2012 at 10:08 am

    but the NFL to me is like a Katy Perry song that has been played out on the radio for 6 months??Im just so sick of hearing about it at this point.

    ******************

    Too bad Katy’s not singing the National Anthem…you’d be in for a world of fun on Sunday night. :P

  33. Ys Guy February 1st, 2012 at 10:27 am

    i saw wade boggs pitch in anaheim. my friends all wanted to leave as the yankees were getting killed in the top of the 8th, i wasnt driving, so i didn’t have much choice, but i was stalling, then just as they were heading up the exit, i saw #12 trotting out toward the bp and convinced them to stop, then when we saw him windmilling and getting on the bp mound, we took seats. i think he walked the bases loaded and struck out a couple of guys and finished the game.

    thats why you never leave.

  34. DONNYBROOK February 1st, 2012 at 10:28 am

    NY Post quoting TEX on how he is gonna be bunting in 2012 in order to raise his avg. BA is one of those benchmark stats that the casual fan embraces, but I’ll take TEX’s 39 jacks, the 111 RBI, and his previous Gold Gloves over his BA anyday. Even Joe D’s 56 Gamer doesn’t do a lot for me. The Game is All about runs. Score ‘em, knock ‘em in, or prevent ‘em.

  35. Ys Guy February 1st, 2012 at 10:32 am

    its a good thing we have the giants around here as this is the worst of the worst of the winter, still a couple weeks till pitchers and catchers but the teams are pretty much set.

    i should point out that the first two weeks of ST get pretty tedious, too with no games and everybody talking about the player’s reporting weight. but at least there are fresh pictures of players getting ready to get ready.

  36. Doc Iac February 1st, 2012 at 10:33 am

    i love football, i played in HS

    but nothin compares to baseball, there is so much more to it than any other sport, ever single pitch matters,

    and, gurls who like baseball are hotter than gurls who like football, in my opinion

  37. Howe Farr February 1st, 2012 at 10:35 am

    “BA is one of those benchmark stats that the casual fan embraces”

    followed by

    “but I?ll take TEX?s 39 jacks, the 111 RBI, and his previous Gold Gloves”

    too funny!

  38. Doc Iac February 1st, 2012 at 10:35 am

    DONNYBROOK February 1st, 2012 at 10:28 am

    NY Post quoting TEX on how he is gonna be bunting in 2012 in order to raise his avg. BA is one of those benchmark stats that the casual fan embraces, but I’ll take TEX’s 39 jacks, the 111 RBI, and his previous Gold Gloves over his BA anyday. Even Joe D’s 56 Gamer doesn’t do a lot for me. The Game is All about runs. Score ‘em, knock ‘em in, or prevent ‘em.

    ———

    i agree for the most part…but if we got a runner on 2nd and 2 outs and down by one its ok if he hits a single to the oppisite field every once in a while…

  39. jacksquat February 1st, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Erin February 1st, 2012 at 10:08 am
    but the NFL to me is like a Katy Perry song that has been played out on the radio for 6 months??Im just so sick of hearing about it at this point.

    ******************

    Too bad Katy’s not singing the National Anthem…you’d be in for a world of fun on Sunday night.

    If a Katy Perry wardrobe malfunction were on the schedule, I might watch the halftime show. :mrgreen:

  40. Irreverent Discourse February 1st, 2012 at 10:37 am

    doc Iac – if we got a runner on 2nd and 2 outs and down by one its ok if he hits a single to the oppisite field every once in a while…

    They probably wouldn’t be fully shifted in that situation… so going the other way there is not really necessary.

    I also doubt he would bunt with 2 outs, no matter how much he practices it :)

  41. Erin February 1st, 2012 at 10:44 am

    jacksquat- :lol:

  42. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 1st, 2012 at 10:45 am

    What did they do on football before they had the SB? Was there any kind of trophy for the season?

  43. austinmac February 1st, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Doc,

    My son played baseball in college. The girls like baseball players. I should have practiced more.

  44. DONNYBROOK February 1st, 2012 at 10:45 am

    TEX aint paid what he’s paid, to be dropping down bunts. The 1st time he pulls a hammy attempting to beat outta bunt, will be the last time he drops one down. TEX needs to plug the rabbitt ears he has sprouted, and just do what he Always has done. Rip the sh*t outta the ball.

  45. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 1st, 2012 at 10:52 am

    never mind, I googled it. Thanks anyway.

    :)

  46. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 1st, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Have a good day y’all.

  47. tucker February 1st, 2012 at 11:09 am

    I have no problem w/Tex dropping down a bunt once in a while. If he gets the ball down the line, past the pitcher, he can walk to first when teams shift. Take the free hit once in awhile in the right situation.

  48. jacksquat February 1st, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I think the purpose of the bunt is to stop teams from employing the extreme shift, not to become Ichiro.

  49. Yankee Trader February 1st, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Beanie babies-My girls saving there’s thinking they’ll be worth something. ????

    Tex bunting past the pitcher down 3rd against the shift-he can walk to 1st.

  50. dogface February 1st, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I think the purpose of the bunt is to stop teams from employing the extreme shift, not to become Ichiro.

    ===============================

    You really think bunting is going to prevent teams from employing the shift on Teixeira?

  51. blake February 1st, 2012 at 11:24 am

    “You really think bunting is going to prevent teams from employing the shift on Teixeira?”

    No….but it could cause teams to keep the 3B at home more often…..

  52. jpmatrixfan88 February 1st, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Lol, wow, great story! Unreal, to think you were that close to witnessing history. And I agree that you are wise beyond your ears, as you definitely have learned valuable lessons from that game. Quite a unique perspective you have there.

  53. Central Scrutinizer February 1st, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I’ve been to so many games but the one that stands out to me is easy. Opening Day 1978 and everyone throwing the “REGGIE” bars onto the field. They raised the 77 World Series flag and received the Commissioner’s trophy that day. Delayed the game about 40 min for the grounds crew to pick them all up! What a great memory and he hit a big HR that day also to win it.

  54. Erin February 1st, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Yankee Trader February 1st, 2012 at 11:16 am
    Beanie babies-My girls saving there?s thinking they?ll be worth something. ????

    *********************

    I had quite the collection, until my mom got tired of them sitting in a box in her attic and sold them at my cousin’s garage sale.

    I do still have my green “Erin” bear however. :)

  55. LGY February 1st, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Tex laying down some bunts will be worth it just so we don’t have to listen to Michael Kay complain about it anymore.

  56. DONNYBROOK February 1st, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Teams will be happy to see TEX bunting. Just like the Yanks would be happy to see A. Gonzalez lay one down. It’s a dumb move from a stick like TEX 99% of the time. 9th inning to tie or win, Maybe. Other than that, it’s wasting a valuable resource in the name of a usually All Glitz number\BA.

  57. Rich in NJ February 1st, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Bunts are really gimmick that will probably only provide a marginal benefit. Tex needs to be less pull-conscious and stop trying to hit HR. They will come.

  58. RadioKev February 1st, 2012 at 11:33 am

    An ex of mine was at that game too, as a kid. To this day she still doesn’t appreciate it!

  59. upstate kate February 1st, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Kev
    is that why she is an ex?!!

  60. LGY February 1st, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Talking about bunting and the fact Tex is apparently not working out with K Long this winter says to me he doesn’t fully understand or want to accept the root of the problem.

  61. DONNYBROOK February 1st, 2012 at 11:37 am

    And that’s another thing. Why on earth is that trophy the players hold over their head like it’s the Holy Grail called The Commissioners Trophy? The guy has absolutely Nothing to do with a team being a World Champion.

  62. blake February 1st, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I do agree thought that Tex bunting would kinda be like aiming to the left instead if just fixing your slice……I think it would be a nice skill to have for certain situations……but he needs to fix his swing and approach ultimately.

  63. DONNYBROOK February 1st, 2012 at 11:39 am

    With a Baseball IQ like that, she Should be an ex.

  64. jacksquat February 1st, 2012 at 11:43 am

    dogface February 1st, 2012 at 11:21 am
    I think the purpose of the bunt is to stop teams from employing the extreme shift, not to become Ichiro.

    ===============================

    You really think bunting is going to prevent teams from employing the shift on Teixeira?

    Not to pick on one person, but it would really be nice if people tried to read what is written and only what is written.

    Where in what I said did I say *I* thought bunting would totally stop the shift? I said what I said, that I think the purpose is to stop the extreme shift. Not that I think it will work or that it would totally stop any shift whatsoever.

  65. upstate kate February 1st, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I would love to see Tex bunt against the Rays just to see the look on Joe Madden’s face

  66. DONNYBROOK February 1st, 2012 at 11:47 am

    TEX issa slugger. He should be hitting the ball outta the park or over the OF’ers head. He should forget the shift and do what he’s paid to do. Jack the ball. Do you see Ortiz worried about a shift???

  67. blake February 1st, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Let’s be honest….Tex has exactly been hitting balls at the shift like Ted Williams the last two years……if that we’re the case then you’d never want him to bunt.

    He hasn’t made consistent good contact against RHP in awhile now ….maybe that’ll change next year but if it doesn’t then I wouldn’t have a problem with him stealing a cheap hit every now and then or trying to keep the defense a little more honest so the chances of finding a hole are better…….you’d never want that to be a big part of his game…..but as something to keep in opposing teams minds I think that’s fine.

  68. blake February 1st, 2012 at 11:49 am

    “Do you see Ortiz worried about a shift???”

    Ortiz was a lot better hitter vs RHP last year than Tex was

  69. DONNYBROOK February 1st, 2012 at 11:50 am

    That hair dye of Madden’s is hideous. He musta had it done by Bud’s barber.

  70. Rich in NJ February 1st, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Tex is paid to do more than hit HRs. His first season with the Yankees, his OPS+ was 141. In 2010, 124. In 2011, 117. Something is wrong with his LH approach, or at least I hope it’s his approach.

  71. DONNYBROOK February 1st, 2012 at 11:51 am

    The 39 HRS and 111 RBI’s speak for themselves. the guy aint exactly a charity case up there.

  72. blake February 1st, 2012 at 11:54 am

    “Something is wrong with his LH approach, or at least I hope it’s his approach.”

    Its his approach…..but also his LH swing was never going to age well. I wrote about that in 2009 here…..it requires such perfect timing….he got away with it when he was younger…..its going to be more and more difficult as he ages unless he changes some things IMO.

  73. randy l. February 1st, 2012 at 11:55 am

    blake,

    i haven’t spent much time paying attention to teixeira’s swing, but i’m agreeing with you that he has to fix his swing if he can’t hit a pitch on the outside corner the opposite way.

    that’s almost incomprehensible to me because hitting to the opposite filed to me personally was like breathing. as a catcher i knew that catchers are going to put the mitt out there more often than not.

    if that’s the case, why not look there and gear your swing there whenever you have less than two strikes. i flat out pounded outside pitches in semi pro ball with this approach. i hit lefty usually and the way to get me out was an inside up pitch. but i didn’t have to swing at that pitch if i was looking away early in the count.

    i have trouble understanding what teixeira is thinking if he is trying to pull everything. that’s going to force him to get too close to the plate to cover the outside of the plate. then if he has that covered he’s going to be vulnerable in.

    pitchers and catchers are going to figure him out if he’s covering the outside by crowding the plate too much. maybe when he was younger they couldn’t get the ball by him inside. maybe that has changed and they can.

    bottom line, it sounds like he needs to rethink his swing.

  74. Rich in NJ February 1st, 2012 at 11:55 am

    That misses an awful lot.

    2011 v. RHP:

    .224 .325 .453 .779

    That wouldn’t have earned him $23m a year or whatever he gets.

  75. Pat M. February 1st, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Blake…..I might disagree with you a little on the Shift & Texeria….It seems as though he losses at least 1 hit a week ( if not more ) which in the course of a season gets him to .300 and of course everything else goes up…..The other issue he needs to correct is stay off the deep inside pitch that he’s trying to yank, and identify the outside pitch and drive it to left……Texeria was a monster handling that outer pitch a few years ago…….He just seems to get tied up more as of late……However he still a 35 hr and 100 rbi guy, but he needs to get back to being a smarter hitter from the left side…..Just an opinion

  76. blake February 1st, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Tex is still an elite bat right handed….swing plane is much flatter and he keeps the bat in the zone a lot longer from that side….as I’ve said though….I think if its phycially possible for Tex to get to that level again left handed I think he will….

  77. blake February 1st, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Pat M,

    Yea I dont have a problem with him stealing some hits that way….but its masking the problem…..like slicing the ball into the fairway instead of learning to hit it straight.

    If you watch him hit Lefty he’s gotten so up and down with his swing plane that its nearly impossible for him to let the ball travel deep enough and get on that plane to hit a line drive the other way……..

  78. blake February 1st, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Randy,

    I think its approach and mechanical….which led to the other is hard to say. He can fix it….and he needs to because it’s going to get harder the older he gets.

  79. Erin February 1st, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    New Post: Unforgettable moments along the way

    :arrow:

  80. DONNYBROOK February 1st, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    In The Post article, TEX mentioned how inviting the Short Porch was. This allure is what has him attempting to jerk everything. He will get it fixed. I just do Not wanna see him start bunting. That is mentally waving a white flag if you are a slugger. He needs to stay aggressive both at the plate physically and mentally.

  81. austinmac February 1st, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Teixiera needs to hit a few ground balls down third. They will be doubles. The problem is I can’t recall when he last hit a ground ball there. Everything toward left is in the air. Quit breaking down with the left knee, stay on top of the ball and wait on the pitch.

    I am a bit surprised he didn’t work this off-season with Long.

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