Nelson Cruz A Real Life Pedro Cerrano?
Kenny Mayne did a Q&A with Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz that’s scheduled to appear in the May 17th issue of ESPN The Magazine. The last part of the interview (ESPN Insider needed) certainly amused me.
KM: Some players treat their bats like a pet, even give it a name. Do you do any of that?
NC: Not really. Though a couple of games before I went on the DL, I was in the cage, talking to my bat. Michael Young told me I was crazy, and I said I just wanted it to wake up. I was telling it I needed a couple of knocks that day, to please give me a couple of knocks.
Anyone else think of Pedro Cerrano when reading that?
Ok, so maybe Cruz isn’t quite as, eccentric, as Cerrano was and I can’t imagine that there’s been a situation where the Rangers have been asked to sacrifice a live chicken in the clubhouse. But you have to admit, Cruz has quite the personality to go along with that impressive bat.