Todd Frazier’s Tuesday – Hometown View
For those of us who have followed Toms River’s Todd Frazier since his days as a youth sports standout his recent success is not the least bit surprising. However Tuesday he took that to a different level.
The 26-year old Reds third baseman has become a sort of media darling the last couple of weeks. First he had the two home-run game against the Mets at Citifield with family and friends on hand. Then he got to play at Yankee Stadium where he posed for a picture with Derek Jeter, nearly 14 years after he did the same when he and the Toms River East American All-Stars were honored after winning the Little League World Series.
Frazier has been pretty much a regular in the Cincinnati lineup since Scott Rolen went out with an injury and he’s had his share of ups and downs. But last Wednesday he began a stretch of just about all ups when he hit a game-winning walkoff home run against the Braves which earned him a shaving cream pie afterwards. Sunday he was all over ESPN again after belting a home run after letting go of his bat which nobody could ever remember seeing before.
The former Toms River South and Rutgers star last night doubled, tripled, drove in two runs and scored another but that was not the highlight of his day.
In true Todd-like fashion he was having lunch with teammate Ryan Ludwick at a Pittsburgh restaurant when they noticed an overweight man choking at a nearby table. Frazier bounced into action and began the Heimlich maneuver and after what he called “two pumps” a piece of steak came out of the man’s mouth and he was fine. The thankful choking victim picked up the lunch tab for Frazier and Ludwick…a small price to pay.
Honestly it’s time to start thinking about a book and/or movie about Frazier’s life because it’s almost too good to be true.
While most know about his Little League exploits let’s not forget he won a National Punt, Pass and Kick title, quarterbacked his Pop Warner Junior Pee-Wee team to a National Championship and scored over 1,000 points playing basketball for the South Indians. Now he saves a life and hours later gets two hits and drives in two runs.
On an unrelated matter Ken Fischer leaves Brick Memorial after just one season to take over as Girls Basketball coach at Manasquan which was made official last night. Fischer replaces Felix Romero who guided Squan to the Tournament of Champions title in March and four starters are scheduled to return next season.
Fischer, an assistant baseball coach with the Warriors, was a longtime teacher and coach at Old Bridge…he lives in Point Pleasant.