Allen Lessels On Baseball: K.C. at the bat for Fishers
K.C. talks to his dad, Butch, about every other day.
Meacham was on his way up to the Yankees and arrived in New York later that season.
It didn’t look it.
“What a hardnosed guy,” Meacham said. “He taught me how to play. I was embarrassed. I thought I played hard. But after seeing him dive after ball after ball. ... He must have been 30 years old and he was diving on that turf and getting all scarred up on balls and I thought I ought to be diving more, too. What a competitor.”
K.C., 23, went to Elm Street Junior High School in Nashua and then played quarterback for the Nashua North football team as a freshman while living in the city when Butch managed the Nashua Pride.
The family moved to California after freshman year and K.C. played football and basketball through his junior year in high school before focusing on baseball as a senior.
These days, Butch is managing the Lancaster (Pa.) Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League.
“We talk about how I’m doing,” K.C. said. “Sometimes we talk about hitting, sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we talk about other father-son stuff.”
Butch didn’t originate, but checked off on, an approach that K.C. has taken in the last several weeks, an approach that had him on a tear at Single-A Dunedin before he moved up to Manchester.
It was his sixth home run and 16th RBI in June.
The rip to right by the left-handed hitter didn’ quite fit the plan.
“I just found something that worked,” Hobson said. “I couldn’t really get any hits. That’s what it boiled down to. Then I found something that’s comfortable for me and it’s working out.”
“He bet me I couldn’t hit one over the left field fence,” Hobson said.
“I said all right and started trying it and started doing well with it. Really, I just try to hit every ball over the left field fence, to my opposite field side. Then I changed a little bit with my load and just slowed myself down, slowed my body down.”
“That’s where my swing is supposed to go and that’s what I feel comfortable using,” Hobson said. “And then I end up pulling the ball sometimes, too, so it’s still good. I’m going to stay with it and not change anything.”
He hit only .215, but was second in the Florida State League with 19 home runs and had 72 RBIs in 108 games.
“He can swing the bat and he never gave up an at-bat at the plate,”
Hobson, 6-foot, 2-inches, was hitting .238, but had a league-leading 57 runs batted in through 61 games in Dunedin.