Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Todd Frazier saves man from choking

Rookie Todd Frazier is developing a reputation for doing the absolute amazing lately. First, the Reds' third basemen smacked this homer on Sunday by literally just tossing the bat at the ball and on Tuesday his marvelous hands were at work again. However, the difference this time around was that he didn't allow his paws to let go.

MLB.com beat writer Mark Sheldon has the full scoop on Frazier's heroic act:

Reds infielder Todd Frazier certainly had an interesting meal at lunchtime on Tuesday. Forget what he ate…Frazier saved a man’s life using the Heimlich Maneuver while at a downtown Pittsburgh restaurant with teammate Ryan Ludwick.

“I was talking to him and I see it out of the corner of my eye,” Frazier explained. “I said ‘I think that dude is choking over there.’ He was a little obese and there were two women side-by-side trying to give him the Heimlich. [Ludwick] said get over there because I was the closest one. So I went over there and was yelling at them to get out of the way. They did and I gave two pumps and it came out.”

The man had eaten a very large bite of steak, apparently.

“It was a big fat piece too, it was pretty insane,” Frazier said. “It was a good 30 seconds they were trying at least.

“He paid for our lunch, which he didn’t have to do and said thanks a couple of times. It was pretty surreal. I have never done that before.”

Frazier's hands have come just as handy on the field recently as they have off. The Toms River, New Jersey native has filled in nicely since veteran 3B Scott Rolen went down on the disabled list with a bum shoulder earlier this month.

Frazier is currently hitting .263 with 12 extra base hits (5 HR), 11 RBI and eight runs scored. And with Rolen still ailing and having no timetable for his return, Reds fans and MLB fans alike may be seeing a lot more out of Mr. Right Place, Mr. Right Time.

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