Re: Bender Update !!!
Broussard shoos away his slump
Monday, May 31, 2004
Plain Dealer Reporter
Strange thoughts were bubbling in Ben Broussard's head.
He talked about burning incense or, maybe, a bat. He was open to any suggestion when Casey Blake offered him his old baseball shoes.
"They were size 12," Broussard said. "Casey said there were a lot of hits in them."
Broussard didn't need to hear another word. He grabbed the shoes, laced them up and waited for the hits to come Sunday in the Tribe's 4-3 victory over Oakland.
It took a while.
Tim Hudson struck out Broussard in the second inning. He bounced out to first in the fourth. By the time Broussard batted in the seventh, he was 0-for-27 and felt like he'd been fitted with a cement overcoat for the next episode of "The Sopranos."
"You start feeling that weight," Broussard said.
The weight lifted when Broussard lined a single off Eric Chavez's glove at third base.
"It's like when you hit your first big-league home run . . . you don't remember anything," he said.
Broussard has been through slumps in the minors, but never in the big leagues.
"This is a different demon up here," he said.
Broussard was happy the Indians won and that he went through a slump like this in May instead of September.
"I've got four months to build on it," he said. "I can enjoy the off-day and come back Tuesday and start from ground zero."
As for Blake's shoes, Broussard is keeping them.