Casey Crosby shrugged his shoulders. No big deal.
And that says everything.
"I was just trying to get my work in," he said Monday afternoon while sitting at his locker in the Tigers' clubhouse after pitching against Victor Martinez, Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera.
Granted, it's early in spring training, but none of the superstars hit the ball hard against Crosby in live batting practice.
Martinez fouled off two pitches before a swing and miss. Fielder hit a weak grounder. In his second at-bat, Martinez hit a weak grounder.
It meant nothing to the superstars -- pitchers are ahead of hitters at this point -- but it could mean everything to Crosby and his development.
"You grow up seeing them and they are superstars, but you get to know them and they are your teammates," Crosby said.
Crosby had that look: Ho-hum. Just another day at the office. And that growing confidence is huge for this young left-hander with major league talent.
"Obviously, it gives you confidence," Crosby said. "I was able to pound the zone a little bit today. It just gives you confidence going into games, that's for sure."
Confidence and consistency.
Confidence, consistency still holding back Tigers' Casey Crosby
Detroit Free Press | Feb 19