There is a rhythm reverberating throughout the San Diego Padres clubhouse these days. The Franmil Reyes factor has the Padres playing the game with joy and enthusiasm. With that, the results are starting to show on the standings page. The future of this team is exciting.
I warned you about Franmil Reyes.
He brings an energy that cannot be defined. Experiencing it firsthand is the best way to understand what he means to the Padres clubhouse. The big fella is the kind of person that everyone gravitates to in a room. He has an aura about him that draws people in close like a moth to a flame. With a booming voice that equals the damage he does to baseballs, Franmil is undoubtedly one of the leaders in the clubhouse.
Padres fans are falling in love, and they are falling hard.
At the age of 23, Reyes has the characteristics of a veteran but combines that with the youthful exuberance of a little leaguer playing the game for no other reason but because they love it. His teammates admire what he brings to the team each day. He makes the daily grind of playing major league baseball fun for these professional athletes.
The clubhouse stuff is one thing, but Franmil has rare offensive ability when he steps into the box as well. The power the 6-foot-5 slugger has in his 34-inch bat is prestigious, but he also can adjust while at the plate and hit the ball the other way. The Dominican outfielder works very hard on his craft. He is not complacent and demands better of himself all the time. If you ask La Mole, he wants to hit .300 on the season. Hitting homers is nice, but he wants to be recognized for his overall abilities.
Recently, the national media has become aware of Franmil Reyes. For moments like the video below, Reyes is becoming a household name. Fans enjoy the way he plays the game. It’s contagious. It’s fun. It’s baseball.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) June 1, 2019
This song and dance from Franmil is not an act. This is not a show. He behaves in this manner all the time and is letting loose even more now that he has attained a certain comfort at the major league level. He could easily become a face for the game of baseball. Not just for the San Diego Padres. Enjoy him, San Diego. Enjoy the way he plays the game. This is only the beginning.