Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 7/17/13
Q. How did you develop your defensive skills, especially the bare-handed play?A. I think playing back in my town, playing without a glove and in really rough fields with a lot of rocks and stuff, We used to have a field that was close to my house and wed make these balls out of tape. And youd play with no glove. You try to catch the ball barehanded all the time, and I think thats how the whole thing started.Develop the feet coordination or the hand-eye coordination to field the ball. Obviously when you get here, you make a play like that and people say, Wow how do you do that? Youre like, I dont know. You instantly catch the ball and make a play. Q. Did coaches tell you not to catch the ball bare-handed?A. Yes. Coaches hated it. My coaches said if I ever dropped a ball or something like that, they were going to punish me. Especially when I took a fly ball one handed and I snatch it. Lou Piniella got really mad at me one time. We got bases loaded, two outs, the game is on the line, 3...
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