Juan Pierre was in BEAST MODE long before Manny showed up on the scene. A Pierre quote from an LA Times article from July of 2008:
"I'm in beast mode right now."
And Pierre kept it up in spring training. From an article by FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal from March of this year:
[Pierre] performs drills wearing a black T-shirt with white letters that says "Beast Mode" on the front and "24-7-365" on the back. "Just a mindset," Pierre explains. "No excuses." Give him all the money in the world. Take away all of his playing time. That mindset will not change.
And BEAST MODE is paying off right now. From a Dodgers.com article yesterday:
As Juan Pierre talked to reporters following his three-hit performance on Sunday, his black T-shirt read "A minor setback for a major comeback."
The statement emblazoned across his shirt couldn't ring truer for Pierre, who has been a force offensively since the Dodgers lost Manny Ramirez for 50 games because of the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
In the four games since Ramirez's suspension, Pierre is hitting .563 (9-for-16) with four runs, four RBIs, two doubles, two walks and two stolen bases.
But the hard-working and humble Pierre, who also loves to sport a "Beast Mode" T-shirt, gave a simple response for why he's done so well since Ramirez has been out of the lineup.
"I'm just hitting the ball hard and finding some holes," Pierre said with a shrug.
Stay tuned for more BEAST MODE content!