Delivering in clutch situations is one of the most impactful elements of baseball. With the game on the line, how will you perform?
Will you be able to cut out all the noise, all the distractions, all the extracurricular elements that can sometimes get to be too much? When it comes down to that pitch, that moment, will you be able to keep it all out of your consciousness and ... stay as committed to the hunk of bubblegum in your mouth as your offensive task at hand?
Well, Adam Eaton can, and did on this go-ahead grand slam on Wednesday night:
Let's look at that again, courtesy of MLB.com's Jordan Bastian:
Adam Eaton was blowing a bubble at the moment he hit the grand slam off Cody Allen. pic.twitter.com/LRPln76nGo- Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) August 18, 2016
That all went down in the White Sox-Indians game, turning a 7-6 White Sox deficit into a come-from-behind 10-7 win. That's some tremendous focus by Eaton, who timed a Cody Allen curveball perfectly while remaining fully involved with blowing a bubble.
As Eaton told MLB.com's Scott Merkin after the game, he wasn't exactly aware of his feat as it happened:
Still, he had to admit he was (perhaps subconsciously) focused on the bubble, too:
We already know the humor gum can provide in the dugout, and Starlin Castro showed us all firsthand how powerful it can be on defense. Thanks to Eaton, we may have also gotten a glimpse into its offensive skills as well.
Take it away, Dean Martin ...