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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sullivan: Jesus Montero Almost Knows How To Run

Now, about Ellie Howard…

In Eric Wedge’s estimation, Jesus Montero’s running has made progress. In Eric Wedge’s estimation, Jesus Montero’s running isn’t yet where the team would like it to be. Thus, we may conclude that Jesus Montero almost knows how to run.

Which is good, in that it represents a step forward. But it’s progress in something that’s kind of humiliating to have to be working on in the first place. It’s something so fundamental, as if the Mariners had to have a player spend the offseason working on learning how to sit down and then stand up again. You should just have a half-decent running form naturally. Throwing overhand, that’s something you learn. Motion—that’s innate. I don’t think it can be pointed out enough that one of our 2013 spring-training fluff stories has to do with a hotshot young player getting better at running. Not base-running, not stealing. Running. A player is learning how to do what five-year-olds do for fun.

In Montero’s defense, it isn’t an easy thing to conquer muscle memory, and he grew up in a forest in which the natives were terrorized by an evil dragon that could sense motion from many miles away. So the locals developed a very particular form of locomotion in which they moved as quickly as possible while remaining on their tip-toes so as not to rouse or alarm their oppressor. Montero knows now that there is no more dragon, not in Seattle, not in the ballparks, but that’s years upon years of repetition to undo, and it takes more than a few months to erase such a habit. The Mariners need to be understanding, they need to be patient.

...Somewhere along the way, Jesus Montero learned how to run wrong. No one corrected him, and it probably only got worse and worse. Jesus Montero is probably going to make more money than you’ll see in your lifetime as a professional athlete. Matthew was right the other day. Jesus Montero’s running form is the present-day equivalent of Jose Lopez getting braces. These things, you can’t even dream them up.

Repoz Posted: February 16, 2013 at 01:44 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Boxkutter Posted: February 16, 2013 at 09:31 AM (#4370624)
I had to find a youtube clip since the article didn't link to one. This is only a homerun trot, but he definitely doesn't flow when he runs. He runs (or jogs) like he is injured.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59rbzh5g3T4
   2. The District Attorney Posted: February 16, 2013 at 10:32 AM (#4370629)
In Montero’s defense, it isn’t an easy thing to conquer muscle memory, and he grew up in a forest in which the natives were terrorized by an evil dragon that could sense motion from many miles away. So the locals developed a very particular form of locomotion in which they moved as quickly as possible while remaining on their tip-toes so as not to rouse or alarm their oppressor.
brilliant
   3. Matt Garza smells it deep (Mr. Tapeworm) Posted: February 16, 2013 at 09:12 PM (#4370854)
In the general population, this is far from uncommon. I see tons of folks who run by stomping their feet on the ground (goodbye, knees!), run while shoving their arms from side to side, etc. What's weird about Montero is that he played years of professional baseball without anyone fixing his running style (thanks, Yankee minor league coaches). I ran track, and our coach fixed stompers and flailers pretty quickly. Although he only threatened to make us do it, we were supposed to be able to run the 110 meter hurdles with potato chips in our hands without breaking them.
   4. The Ghost's Tryin' to Reason with Hurricane Season Posted: February 17, 2013 at 12:01 AM (#4370897)
It does seem silly that the haven't corrected this. Maybe they tried and he just reverts to his bad habits? I can see a guy training to learn a new swing, slumping and bagging it, but running?

Jeff Sullivan is always entertaining, besides being insightful.

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