connection to the great and goofy Ozzie Guillen
Most Venezuelan shortstops now in their 20s idolized Omar Vizquel. Not Ehire Adrianza, the breakout player of Giants camp thus far. His idol is the irreverant, never outspoken Ozzie Guillen, and for good reason.
Guillen is Adrianza's godfather and they talk every day about baseball. They have for years. When Adrianza got his first big league callup in SeptemberSeptember wholesale Bobcats jerseys
he texted Guillen, who was at the bullfights in Spain.
Knowing Guillen's eccentricities, a reporter made sure to ask if the one time White Sox shortstop and manager was watching the bullfights or participating.
Guillen had a great major league career thatthat cheap Bobcats jerseys china
lasted 16 seasons. Adrianza wants to be like his godfather to a point.
"If you're talking about how he played on the field, I want to be like him," Adrianza said through interpreter Erwin Higueros. "Outside of the field I want to be a little more tame."
The 24 year old switch hitter went 4 for 18 during his September callup. One of the hits was a home run off Andy Pettitte that helped the Giants win 2 1 at Yankee Stadium.
Adrianza's career has been sidetracked by injuries, but he took a big leap in 2013 at Triple A Fresno, where he hit .310 with a .409 on base percentage in 145 at bats after a promotion from Double A.
He is hitting everything in sight this spring, including a three run homer in the Cactus League opener against the A's a week ago. Manager Bruce Bochy on Monday called Adrianza "the most impressive guy in camp so far."
Already a polished shortstop, Adrianza is working at second base to boost his versatility and his chances of winning a backup infield job. Given Marco Scutaro's age and health issues, the Giants need the depth.
Second base is a lot different than shortstop, particulaly the double play pivot, but Adrianza said that before he signed with the GiantsGiants cheap Bobcats jerseys
as a 16 year old in 26 he was a second baseman in Venezeula, no doubt getting encouragement and advice from Guillen.
Adrianza's dad, also Ehire, did not play high level baseball but works as a scout and youth instructor. When his son was born he asked Guillen to be the godfather.
Adrianza continues to soak up advice, talking often with Scutaro and Joaquin Arias about playing second base in the majors.majors. cheap Bobcats jerseys from china
Adrianza was due to start there in Saturday's game, but it was rained out.
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very happy with all the work I've put in," Adrianza said. "I'm very happy with my start to the spring, especially my batting. I've worked very hard. I hope it works out.".