Cool as a cucumber

Eric D. Schabell
Contributing Writer

Not only is he back, he is cool, calm, and collected.

I mentioned that Jackie Bradley Jr. was back in a previous article, also presenting my views on his first slump with a suggestion to wait until it warms up a bit.

Well here we are.

A week later after he has played in Philadelphia and New York he has shown some of the talent that was just shining like a bright star down in Florida during Spring Training. The last 5 games he has been settling in rather nicely, putting together the following from the plate.
  • temperatures for 2 games in Philly were 90-93F.
  • 2 plate appearances in Philly, 1 strikeout against Papelbon and 1 single.
  • temperatures for 3 games in New York were 88-90F.
  • 10 plate appearances in New York, 2 strikeouts, 2 doubles, and 1 single.
Tally that up and since his return he is batting .400, which kinda reminds you of his Spring Training .419 batting average doesn't it?

What I also like about his return is the composure. He is very poised both on the field and off, sounding like a veteran in his interviews. I will be keeping an eye on Jackie Bradley Jr. the coming weeks, hoping to see him pick it up and remain for a bit longer than last time.

Most of all, as my theory on his production in hot weather is supported by it, I will be praying for hot weather. If anyone out there can tell me how to do the sunshine dance, please pass it along?

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