Sunday, March 25, 2007

Andre Ethier Pulls a Mean Sled

From Diamond Leung (wasn't he a Bond villain?) at the Press-Enterprise:

Support for Ethier

Andre Ethier went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and a walk during the Dodgers' 4-2 win against the Baltimore Orioles at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. He has nine strikeouts during his hitless streak of 21 at-bats, but he has a believer in the Orioles' Jay Gibbons.

Gibbons, a fellow right fielder, trained with Ethier this offseason at the Athletes' Performance Institute in Arizona and came away impressed.

"He's even stronger than he looks," Gibbons said. "When it came to pulling sleds, he'd have 100 pounds more than me on it. I'd be like, 'Sheez, I'm getting old.'

"I know he's in great shape. He's going to be fun to watch. He's going to be something special."

Has Ethier sacrificed flexibility for bulk? It's good to know that if Olmedo Saenz hops on his back, Ethier should still be able to run to first.