Hugs for Everybody!
“He is definitely one of a kind,” Jimmy Rollins said. “He likes to give a lot of hugs. A lot of hugs. He gave me a hug after his home run. Usually it’s you trying to initiate the hug. I was going to give him a handshake and he’s like, ‘Give me a hug.’ All right.”
“He can give you some hugs,” Charlie Manuel said. “He’s got a lot of energy, which is great. He’s good for our bench. He’s good for our clubhouse. Most of all, he’s good when he’s in the batter’s box.”
Sweeney hit a two-run homer to left field in the seventh inning in a 5-0 victory today over the Padres. It was his first homer with the Phillies. He has hit .238 (10-for-42) with one double, one homer and six RBIs in 17 games with the Phillies, who acquired him Aug. 4 in a trade with the Mariners. He came to the team with an incredible reputation and has lived up to it. He has come up with some big hits, too.
I took a shot after the game and asked Sweeney about the hugging.
“I grew up in a family with eight kids, so there was a lot of hugging going on,” he said. “I love my teammates, so when we do something good that’s just how I’m wired. I want to share that love with my teammates.”
Told that his teammates really seemed to like his energy, he said, “I appreciate that. These guys mean a lot to me. I want to do whatever I can to be a part of this.”