A philosopher in right field Let's be honest: Most baseball players' idea of herbal medicine is chewing tobacco.
But isn't like most baseball players. The Giants ace right fielder throws his duffle bag down on the bed of his hotel room near Candlestick Park and gazes out the window, restless as a cave man suddenly forced to take up residence in civilization. Then he turns to his visitor and smiles. "Last night in Santa Cruz was pretty interesting. I could hear the seals just offshore really loudly and," he pauses for emphasis, "the birds were on fire! Chirping back and forth all night, hollering until about four in the morning, just chirp chirp chirp!" Earlier that day one of his rare days off he and his wife Lori oakley new sunglasses 2016 had driven up to the Redwoods north of Santa Cruz, where he was born and raised, and "spent the day just being in the trees. It helps me re center myself and put it all in proper perspective. I look at those old, old trees and can see that I am just one of many creatures on the planet." Has he shattered your image yet of the dumb as a post jock who only cares about his batting average and astronomical salary? As Mike Krukow, the Giants radio and TV commentator, puts it: "Glenallen is part of the new breed of ballplayer. He looks like an badass but he's a great big sweetheart, a pussycat. As (manager) says, how unique is he? How manymellow black surfer dudes from Santa Cruz do you know?" Hill, who just turned 31, chuckles at the mention of his wave riding past. "I surfed some when I was younger but bodysurfed more. When your whole life is Santa Cruz it's just what you do. Back when we were doing that, longboards were in. Easier to stay on! I can't really surf now; I have to be careful with myself." Indeed, Baker would not be pleased to think the red hot Hill is taking chances with his fine tuned frame. After a slow start on the season, Hill is catching fire. During the recent road trip, his average was boosted by around 50 percentage points by some heavy hitting. "Dusty worked with me for about an hour and a half just on my batting," he says. "I'm doing better now." As laid back as Hill appears, he's meticulous about his physical regimen, eating little to no animal products and mostly natural foods. "I'm an avid juicer," he grins. He began taking herbal extracts after a scary experience earlier this year. "I woke up in the night and was in a lot of pain so I went to the hospital and they told me I had two big gallstones. So they removed my gallbladder and found that there were no stones after all. So now I take herbs to help the body break down fat, because that's what the gallbladder does." Wait a minute, wasn't he upset to lose an organ unnecessarily? He shrugs. "My wife was pretty upset about it. But I say what can I do? It's gone." Teammates used to the chest thumping of the major leagues are amused by Hill's laid back to a fault posture. Is he an unusual baseball player? "Oh, I'd say I'm very unusual. They call me Space Ghost and Mr. Philosopher. But I don't mind. It makes me feel good that I'm around 25 guys who know me as more than just a right fielder. I want them to know Glen." That doesn't mean he's not totally focused when he goes on the field. In fact, with those wraparound Oakley sunglasses, that gold earring and intense glare, he can seem downright intimidating. "I think there is a public perception that I'm very serious. And I am, when I'm on the field. Because I am trying to be a warrior, you know? I want to be a leader, to lead the troops into fire. But it's a game face. I'm working on smiling more." Hill acquired the game face during five years in the minor leagues, having never attended college and going straight into that hard knock life. "The nice part about that was being able to see a lot of America. But growing up in Santa Cruz I never experienced racism like I did in some small towns. And that was kind of a shock." Although he played baseball all through high school, he never set foot in a major league stadium until he played there. "Probably that was Yankee Stadium. I never got out of Santa Cruz very much when I was young." That could be because his father, a construction worker, became disabled when Hill was young. Still close to his parents, he bought them a house in Santa Cruz and sees them frequently. He also sees his two daughters by a previous relationship as often as possible. "I'm a long distance dad but a great dad." And don't even get him started on his two Rottweilers, Alpha and Omega. He'll go into great detail about their different personalities, eating habits and such. Hill tries to be "just Glenallen" around his home town, going to schools to lecture on the sporting life and the importance of education. A lot of locals know where he lives, but, he says, "They're respectful because I introduce myself and make myself available. Just oakley style sunglasses cheap the other day I talked to my landlady's stepson, who's been having trouble. He listened to me because he looks up to me. That makes me feel good." Giants says he's never seen anyone who enjoys interacting with fans more than Hill. "He just seems to have endless energy for kids. He's just the kind of role model we want a player to be." Hill says he hopes to be able to coach at a major league level when his playing days are over. "But if that doesn't work out, I'll come back oakley sunglasses blue and white to Santa Cruz and coach high school. I'd love to be able to influence kids into making a difference in the world." Until that day, is it a struggle to maintain his spirituality in oakley crosshair the dog eat dog world of the majors? "Nah. Because to me, baseball is spiritual, it is nature. I love baseball, I love it as a game.
And I feel blessed to be able to walk on that green grass and play. It's like being in the every day.".
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