Jake Cronenworth talks Playing in Front of Padres Fans, Playing Multiple Positions & Family Watching

April 7, 2021 6:40 AM
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Watch as rookie Jake Cronenworth discusses coming up from minors to start at 2nd base for Padres.

Following Eric Hosmer’s 2020 injury, Padres utility prospect Jake Cronenworth was tasked with filling the hole at 1st base. The middle-infielder by trade made a strong impression in 2020 through 54 games with San Diego.

“It was just like throwing the fire in a place where I didn’t expect to be in and didn’t really have time to think about what was going on. I think it was kind of a blessing in disguise. But it was super exciting to just get in a game but then kind of establish myself and start playing everyday was awesome.”

Cronenworth didn’t mind the empty seats during the 2020 restricted MLB season.

“I think if there were fans last year I definitely would have been nervous. But it was awesome, you get those jitters the first time playing in front of fans. It’s always a great feeling.”

Starting for San Diego in 2021, Cronenworth shared his excitement for family and friends allowed to watch the young star play.

“They’re here right now. This is the first time they’ve got to see me since 2019, but first time in the major leagues. I think they are just glad they can watch the games on time because they’re on the East coast. When are games would start last year it was already 9:30 and they were going to bed.”

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