Read this quote by Terry Francona and try to guess what outfielder he's talking about.
"His speed impacts the game," said the Indians' manager. "He has the ability to hit the ball out of the ballpark occasionally."
It could be Michael Bourn, but it isn't. Michael Brantley? Good guess, but wrong. How about Drew Stubbs? Nice try, but again the answer is no. Bourn, Brantley and Stubbs form one of the most interesting Indian outfields in decades. They're all center fielders by trade. They can run and have occasional power, but that's not who Francona is talking about.
The subject of Francona's quote is Ezequiel Carrera, the sometimes erratic, sometimes fantastic outfielder, who has thrilled and tormented fans for the last two years in brief, but memorable, performances.
Who can forget his major-league debut on May 11, 2011, when Carrera's pinch-hit, eighth-inning, RBI drag bunt single beat Cincinnati?
Or how about his clank job on Adam Dunn's sixth-inning fly ball on July 24 of the same year? Carrera was playing center field on that semi-sunny Sunday afternoon. He ran back to the track to catch the ball, but it bounced off the heel of his glove for an error as Omar Vizquel and Paul Konerko scored in Chicago's 4-2 victory.
After the error, Carrera looked up into the sky as if he lost the ball in the glare, apparently forgetting that he had a pair of unused sunglasses firmly perched on the bill of his cap
Is an impressive spring enough for Ezequiel Carrera to keep a Cleveland Indians roster spot?
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Mar 7