The phrase “phoning it in” is not typically used as a term of endearment in the sports world. It actually means that an athlete’s effort was deemed to be lazy, or at least not up to par with reasonable standards.
Texas Rangers rookie first baseman Ronald Guzman has different ideas though. During Friday’s game against the Kansas City Royals, he made phoning it in something far more entertaining than simply going through the motions.
In the sixth inning of Texas’ 8-4 victory, Guzman took a quick break from chasing Hunter Dozier’s foul ball to handle some business on a fan’s unattended cell phone.
Yes, he literally picked up the phone and at least pretended to either make or take a call.
Of course, Guzman, who earlier in the game connected for his sixth home run, was really only joking around with the fan. If someone was really on the line, then Guzman actually hung up on them.
Baseball players can multi-task
Nonetheless, Guzman did at least prove that phoning it in doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. Beyond that, he reminded us that baseball players can effectively multi-task in the middle of a game.
Baseball players, if they so choose, can answer your cell phone while chasing a baseball, just as they can provide hilarious commentary while chasing a baseball. Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts proved that much in spring training.
They can also steal some of your ice cream while chasing a baseball, like Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia did last season. And they can steal nachos while chasing a baseball, just like Prince Fielder famously did a few seasons ago.
Basically, if you leave a food item for them to eat or a toy for them to play with within arm’s reach of the field, they will find a way to get it.
Stay aware, baseball fans
This should actually be a lesson to the fans. If you’re attending a baseball game, don’t assume the players aren’t eyeing your food or gadgets. They’re only human, and most of them have a pretty good sense of humor.
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