03/28/2002 11:09 pm ET
Delgado shares 'secret' to home run success
By Lloyd Upshaw / Special to MLB.com
DUNEDIN, Fla.-- In a candid interview on Wednesday night Carlos Delgado decided to share with baseball fans everywhere the secret to his baseball success. As he was leaving the Blue Jays Spring Training facility he suddenly turned around and said, "It's time that I shared my secret with all the kids in Toronto, so that someday they might be hitting home runs like me."
What Delgado said next is sure to shock the baseball world. "It's not just the practice and adherence to the fundamentals that has allowed me to succeed. In the end it really only comes down to one thing ... my shoes," admitted an emotional Delgado. Delgado, who is the Toronto Blue Jays' all-time leading home run hitter, confessed that in three Spring Training games this year he played in bare feet. "I wanted to prove to myself what these shoes are truly capable of, and in those three games I sure found out."
The stats truly do speak for themselves:
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG.
With Shoes 3 12 9 9 0 0 8 20 1 0 1 0 .750
Without Shoes 3 12 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 11 0 0 .083
"No shoe felt quite right, so I made these shoes myself out of things I found around my house," Delgado said, showing his shoes to the media in an up-close exclusive. When asked about the one home run that he hit without the shoes, Delgado replied that it was hit off of current New York Yankees pitcher David Wells so it was "really nothing." And what of the one stolen base? "I just hit a single so that I could show my true speed in these shoes," Delgado disclosed.
Whatever this 2002 season has in store for the Toronto Blue Jays, it will probably be helped by Carlos Delgado's bat, but most certainly, and more importantly, it may come down to his shoes.
Lloyd Upshaw is a special correspondent for the Toronto Blue Jays.