Todd Frazier is a young third basemen for the Cincinnati Reds who is filling in for the oft-injured Scott Rolen. Last week the 26-year-old played hero on the field, knocking a walk-off home run in a 2-1 win over the Braves. This week, he played a hero in the field of life.
Frazier and teammate Ryan Ludwick were eating together at a downtown Pittsburgh restaurant on Monday evening when they both saw a man choking. The man was surrounded by two women who were unsuccessfully attempting to perform the Heimlich Maneuver before Frazier quickly approached the victim and successfully performed the maneuver, dislodging a piece of steak from the man's throat.
Just like a heroic movie scene.
“We’re just eating there, talking,” Frazier said. “I looked in the corner of my eye. I said, ‘Ludwick, I think that guy’s choking.’ Next thing I know there’s two ladies one on each side, trying to pop it out. (Ludwick) said, ‘Get over there.’ I was the closest one.
“I ran over there and said, ‘let me try it.’ I tried it twice. It popped out. It was monster piece. The guy was very thankful. The lady he was with was crying. It was surreal. I had never done it before in my life.”
Cool. Calm. Collected. Frazier never even got the man's name.
But just as soon as Frazier got himself collected, so did the victim.
“Ludwick kept saying, ‘dude, you saved the guy’s life,’” Frazier said. “It was weird. We just went back to eating. He went back to eating too. I don’t know if I could have.”
The victim wasn't even aware that Frazier was a ballplayer. Maybe once the kid plays hero a few more times on the field, he'll be more recognized.
In only 28 games this year, Frazier is batting .278 with five home runs and 13 RBI. And oh ya, after saving a life on Monday, he went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple in Tuesday's win over the Pirates.
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