Found July 25, 2013 on Fox Sports North:
Both on and off the field, Twins catcher Chris Herrmann is a laid-back guy. That wasn't necessarily the case, however, when he first got called up to the big leagues last year. When Herrmann debuted with Minnesota in 2012 as a September call-up, he was trying too hard to make a good impression. He swinging for the fences when he didn't need to and trying to impress the coaches. As a result, he had just one hit in 18 at-bats. One year later, Herrmann's approach is much more relaxed. His swing looks easy, as it did when he hit a grand slam in the 10th inning of the Twins' 10-3 victory Tuesday against the Angels. He came up to the plate with the bases loaded, put a seemingly effortless swing on the ball and wound up with his first career grand slam -- at any level. Even his first big league home run he hit on June 2 wasn't exactly intentional. "I didn't come up here trying to do things that I wasn't doing," Herrmann said of his first call-up th...
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