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Little guys make mark in sports of big men
Thursday, May 14, 2009

Alex Beverly is a sophomore at Schenectady High School

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As a coach or general manager you go into the draft room saying this kid is huge. He can throw the ball 100 yards with his size or hit the ball 400 feet with his size. They always love the big guy but as times change so does size.

The 21st century has showed that changes occur where in 2002 an undersized David Eckstein helped the Anaheim Angels win consecutive games with back-to-back walk-off grand slams. The program lists Eckstein nicknamed the X-Factor at 5-foot-8, but as a report in the past has said, the program lists generously.

Personally being able to meet him showed he was only around 5-foot-6. He also went on to win the 2006 World Series MVP.

That was a great series for him, for this next short player he went on to have a great season and eventually grab the regular season MVP award.

Dustin Pedroia has played three seasons for the Boston Red Sox, where he has won an MVP, a Silver Slugger award, a Rookie of the Year award and a Gold Glove. Talk about a great start to a career for a man that stands at 5-foot7 and 180 pounds.

Then you look to a hard hitting sport of football where there is a little guy who plays like one of the best. A little 5-foot 6 lightning quick machine named Darren Sproles. At 5-foot-6 he is listed as the shortest NFL player. Normally when you put up a 5-foot-6, 181-pound man against a 6-foot-3, 285-pound man it should end in disaster, but with Sproles he just seems to bounce off hard hitters and run through tacklers. Sproles put the San Diego Chargers on his back and brought them to the AFC championship game this year.

As for the big men, they are still in high demand but these little guys sure are coming around.

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