Marveling at Mora
With Melvin Mora hitting .500 over his past 15 games and coming within one hit of the cycle twice in the last three games, it's only natural that everybody is talking about him right now. O's beat reporter Jeff Zrebiec trolled the catacombs of Comerica Field yesterday for impressions of the team's hottest hitter and biggest run-producer.
Dave Trembley: "I told you, he’s The Natural. Incredible. He hit it like he knew it was coming. He probably did. He’s had an incredible streak. It’s not for me to say. It’s for me to sit back and watch and appreciate it and enjoy it and for him to take all the credit in the world."
Terry Crowley: "Melvin got a cortisone shot right before the All-Star break and the three days rest allowed the shot to work. We talked about it a lot when he came back after the break. He seemed to think that they hit the right spot. That coupled with the rest that he had the three days, he just took off. I’ve seen Melvin hit the ball really, really good before. I’ve seen him have a season in which he hit 27, 28 homers. I’ve seen him have a season in which he .340 for us. But this bit of a streak right here, this is as hot as I’ve seen him. It’s been six weeks now."
Tigers manager Jim Leyland: "He’s an outstanding player, an outstanding hitter. When you’ve got great hitters – really good hitters, really hot hitters – and you don’t make them uncomfortable, they wear you out. And that’s what he did to us. I’m not talking about where you hit somebody or any of that stuff. But if you just keep throwing it out over the plate, really good hitters, they’ll do what he did to us."
Aubrey Huff: : "Man, it’s been awesome. Even his outs are hard. He’s [become] one of the best third basemen in the league in a matter of two months. Everything he’s hit has just been whacked. It’s like whatever he wants to do, he’s doing it right now. I’ve never seen anybody this hot before in my life."
Marvelous Melvin: "When you are locked in, you go to home plate with a confidence that you are going to hit the ball hard no matter what. That’s the only thing as a hitter we’re thinking about before you go to home plate...I’m not surprised because if you’ve been working for this, you deserve it. I’ve been working all year long. When I was hitting .230, .220, I never gave up. I was always working. It didn’t matter what I hit."
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