CINCINNATI -- There were about three weeks to go before spring training began. Chris Heisey was working out at home with a friend, hitting baseballs in the batting cage but not hitting them the way he wanted.
He just wasn't comfortable.
Frustrated, he somehow got himself to relax. Don't tense up the shoulders so much. Hold the bat around chest level and let things go from there. It couldn't hurt. Other approaches he'd tried the past few years hadn't worked so why not try this?
Heisey started feeling good in the batting cage. He felt good in spring training, even on those days when he didn't get a hit. He felt real good early Thursday morning.
Heisey, pinch-hitting for pitcher J.J. Hoover, laced a single to left field with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning against a drawn-in infield with an extra defender to give the Reds a 1-0 win against St. Louis at Great American Ball Park. A two-hour, 45 minute game that followed two hours and 40 minutes of a rain...