I absolutely love watching Chris Davis‘s at bats. Not just because they often result in home runs, but I enjoy seeing the little things he does between pitches and the adjustments he makes that have led to his incredible power production.
His light practice swings often go unnoticed, but are one of favorite elements of his game. He’ll step into the box and wave the bat often three, four or five times at the pitcher, who’s been waiting for him to stand still so the pitch can be delivered.
Hitters are creatures of habit. I’m sure if you asked Davis about this he probably wouldn’t have a good answer for you, he’s just locked in and getting mentally prepared for that next pitch.
Hey, it’s working.
“A long time ago Michael Young told me this is a game of routines and you really need to hammer a routine down,” Davis said. “It took me a while to kind of understand what he meant. I’d come in here and put my socks on the same way, but I don’t think it’s something as little as that. I think it’s more about being consistent in your approach and your daily work.”
Each day, Davis hits off a tee before taking batting practice. He lifts weights when his body isn’t weary, and when he steps into the batting cage, his focus extends beyond teeing off on the grooved fastballs.