Giants second baseman Emmanuel Burriss told me today it means a lot to him that he is a role model for other inner city kids in the Washington, DC area.
He said he hopes he can inspire those youngsters to play baseball.
Even though he grew up in our nation's capitol, Emmanuel told me he knew a lot about the Giants because his Dad, Alan, used to listen to them all the time on the radio. Emmanuel explained he learned the Giants way of doing things from players like Willie Mays and Willie McCovey.
That explains the energy and strong work ethic he carries to the park. Giants hitting coach Carney Lansford worked with Emmanuel today during extra bp. Afterward he told me the young leadoff hitter has great work habits.
Today they were focusing on shortening his swing a bit. Emmanuel just moved into the leadoff spot this week and at times he might have been pressing to see pitches.
San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said he likes Emmanuel's approach and that he's effective when he's aggressive with his bat.
Over in the other dugout, Nats skipper Manny Acta said he likes the speed and energy Emmanuel brings to the game. Beyond that he told me he's impressed with the young Giant's commitment to the community not only in San Francisco, but in DC and the Dominican Republic as well.