Robbie Grossman says he’s just having fun.
That fun has translated into the Pacific Coast League’s longest active hitting streak at 18 games after he doubled to open Monday’s series opener against the New Orleans, though you would never be able to tell talking to the RedHawks outfielder.
“I don’t even know the games,” Grossman said. “I just show up every day.
“It’s fun to play every day and go out there and try to help this team win. We’re right there in the standings and if we have a strong second half it’ll put us right there where we were last year.”
In a season filled with promotions and demotions, Grossman hasn’t always had fun. But he’s trying to make the most of his second stint with the team this season as he works to return to his hometown Houston, a place that hasn’t been too kind to him this season.
He’s hitting .158 over 35 games with the Astros this season, forcing them to send him to the RedHawks twice.
“I think he puts too much pressure on himself, like everybody else,” RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco said. “You’re playing in front of the big lights, TV, the crowds, family and you want to do so good, you want to show everybody you’re a major league player and sometimes you get overwhelmed. Hopefully, next time he gets another opportunity he does what he’s doing here.”
What he’s doing in Oklahoma City is providing a steady presence at the top of the order and in center field.
On Sunday he had four hits, scored twice and drove in a run. This came one day after he scored twice on double steals to help Oklahoma City edge Iowa.
“I’m just having fun, showing up to the park, leaving it all out here every day and controlling what I can control,” Grossman said.
He admitted there’s emotions involved with the transactions, but he also knows he can’t control the organization’s decision.
“It’s tough, but it’s part of the business,” Grossman said. “This game’s a business at the end of the day. If you don’t produce, you don’t play.”
DeFrancesco believes Grossman is comfortable with the RedHawks.
And if he settles down the next time he’s called up, things could be even more fun.
“He’s got to learn how to relax when he goes there,” he said. “He shows here he’s got the tools, he can play all three outfield positions, he can run, he can bunt, he can put the ball in play but when he gets up there for some reason he gets overwhelmed. He’s got to learn how to relax a little bit, enjoy the game and make it fun again.”