Reynolds: Key to hitting is no practice
August, 16, 2013
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com
Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty ImagesMark Reynolds, who was acquired Thursday, homered in his first at-bat as a Yankee.BOSTON -- Mark Reynolds began his Yankees career in style, hitting a home run in his first at-bat.
What was the key? He didn't pick up a bat after being released a little more than a week ago by the Indians.
"Not a one," Reynolds said after the Yankees' 10-3 win over the Red Sox on Friday night. "A lot of golf swings. I did lift weights. I threw to keep my arm loose. As far as hitting, I really just cleared my head. I hung out with the kids and the wife and kind of cleared my head."
Reynolds joked, "Maybe I need to sit on the couch and come out and play."
Reynolds finished the night 2-for-5 with the home run and three RBIs. It has been a decade since a Yankee has had a debut with two hits and three RBIs in a game. Todd Zeile, in 2003, was the last to do it.