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Mike Sweeney is a huggy guy

Aug 30, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki has a story up today about how Mike Sweeney likes to give his teammates hugs.  Click through for the video loop of Sweeney giving Jimmy Rollins a bear hug. Note how Rollins does the back-pat thing, which is the universal “this hug is totally a bro-thing; nothing weird about it” gesture. Sweeney isn’t having it, though, and goes in for the full body-to-body hug. Good for him for his commitment!  Sweeney on the hugs:

“I grew up in a family with eight kids, so there was a lot of hugging
going on. I love my teammates, so when we do something good
that’s just how I’m wired. I want to share that love with my teammates.”

No word if Sweeney’s family challenged each other to fights and attempted to blackball one another when they did something bad, but it’s a logical inference to make.

  1. Jonny5 - Aug 30, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    He’s just THAT happy to be out of Seattle and on a contending team. I’m sure he’s also THAT happy to not have to go indoors to wake up and hug K.G. Jr. who could be napping at any time during a game.

  2. Jonny5 - Aug 30, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    After watching the video, I realized something you rarely see. Chase Utley was smiling. And he smiled because of Mike Sweeney hugging Jimmy Rollins. Hmmm? If his attitude (hugs) can do that, he’s a keeper. A good attitude is infectious, just as much as a bad one is.

  3. Utley's hair - Aug 30, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Who would’ve guessed that a guy named Sweeney would have a big family?

  4. Old Gator - Aug 30, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Craig, ever since the Heyward Child was called up, you’ve become HBT’s resident connoisseur of man crushes. If those Tea Party neanderthals take over in Nevember, people like you are going to be rounded up and sent to Catalina.

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