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.