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.