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Watch: Alex Verdugo explained to fans in the stands how he approaches hitting

"Straight through it. That's it."

Alex Verdugo has helped the Red Sox start the season strong. Julio Cortez/AP Photo

Alex Verdugo has been a steady contributor as the Red Sox have gotten off to a stellar start this season.

He’s hitting .271 with two home runs and 11 RBIs, including nine RBIs in his last six games.

When asked by a couple fans at Target Field about how he approaches hitting, Verdugo didn’t hesitate to share some on-the-spot wisdom.

On a curveball, for instance, he explained that he stays back and uses his “manos.”

“Straight through it,” Verdugo said. “That’s it.”

He said he doesn’t think much about mechanics. Verdugo simply gets into his hitter’s position, makes sure he’s on time with the pitcher, and tries to get his swing to be as direct as possible.


As for why he toe-taps, he said it’s “smooth” and it gets him comfortable.

“For some reason, it’s just like, if a pitcher quick-pitches me or whatever, I feel like I’m already loaded,” Verdugo said. From there, it’s just ‘boom.'”

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