Plenty of fans attending SoxFest this weekend found out an interesting fact about Adam Eaton: He's shorter than them.
Standing at 5-foot-8, Eaton embraces an underdog, "dirtbag" mentality. But he grew up a Cleveland Indians fan, with his formative years coming toward the tail end of the Tribe's dominance over the rest of the AL Central. Using those two factors, Eaton has a good idea of the kind of player he hopes to be.
"Kenny (Lofton) was such a big inspiration for me being a Tribe fan growing up," Eaton said. "Dude could just hit, any way, shape or form get on, like I said, steal bags, he played a great center field. I would love to be a Kenny Lofton-Lenny Dkystra mix, if we could make another baseball player."
That'd be a pretty good player. Dykstra (who, like Eaton, was undersized) had a .375 on-base percentage in his 12-year career, while Lofton stole 622 bases and amassed 68 WAR in 17 seasons.