‘Super Mom’ fueled Arroyo’s rise with the Giants – San Francisco Chronicle

‘Super Mom’ fueled Arroyo’s rise with the Giants What’s a mom to do when her young son is Christian Arroyo and wants to learn the finer points of hitting a baseball? Send him to a camp? Rely on Little League coaches? Let him figure it out on his own? Pick up a copy of the book “The Science of Hitting” by Hall of Famer Ted Williams and teach the kid herself. Who does that? “My mom does,” Arroyo said. Super Mom. Arroyo’s first week in the big leagues was unforgettable for the infielder, the Giants, their fans and especially the person who taught little Christian how to swing a bat. The Giants called up Arroyo on Monday. Kim Drummond missed that night’s game, then attended her son’s next five big-league games before returning home to Florida on Sunday. “She meant everything,” said Arroyo, who got his first big-league hit off Clayton Kershaw and has smacked two home runs, including Friday night’s game-winner in the eighth inning. Drummond smiled when hearing her son’s “meant everything” comment. […] she read Williams’ book, a Cal Ripken instructional book and other how-to-hit periodicals, watched videos and attended clinics — anything to pass along tips to a special kid. “We did a lot of studying,” Drummond said in an on-field interview at AT&T Park on Saturday as she watched her son take batting practice. Arroyo, 21, had six hits and four RBIs in his first week, getting five starts at third base and two at shortstop while hitting mostly fifth in the lineup. […] come his first road games. The Giants are at Dodger Stadium the next three nights and then play in Cincinnati and New York. “This is like a dream,” Drummond said of the whirlwind week. Surreal is a word we throw out there a lot. Take Friday night. After he homered to beat the Padres, Arroyo and his clan went to Mel’s Diner in Union Square. The waiter recognized him and got wide-eyed, as did others nearby. There were congratulations and pictures and autographs. Despite Arroyo’s status as an elite prospect and the promising start to his big-league career, Drummond still is amazed by all the attention. To the Giants, he’s far more. A jolt of energy was needed, and Arroyo brought it. Michael Morse arrived from Sacramento with a power bat and spirited vibe. In Arroyo’s first seven games, the Giants, still having issues scoring runs, went 3-4. Just play good baseball and help the team win. Arroyo was 2 years old when his father, Israel Arroyo, and mother separated. In that time, Christian fell in love with baseball. […] in junior high, he told his mother, a well-rounded athlete in high school, that baseball would be his focus. Along the way, she married Ken Drummond. The couple has an 8-year-old daughter, Olivia. “When I was 8 months pregnant with her,” Kim said, I was out on the field practicing with Christian. When his swing would become long in games, his mother would remind him, “Christian, get up on the fence.” Eventually, she stopped throwing to him. “Now he’s at a level where he teaches me,” she said. Baseball might have been the emphasis, but school hardly took a backseat. “Brains before brawn,” she’d tell her boy, and it paid off. Christian was salutatorian at Hernando High School in Brooksville, Fla., earned a grade-point average well north of 4.00 and — are you sitting down? — did not get a B. Four years later, Arroyo is with the Giants. “The best Mother’s Day gift ever,” Drummond says. John Shea is The San Francisco Chronicle’s national baseball writer. Email: jshea@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @JohnSheaHey A look at how the Giants’ homegrown infield fared over their first seven games with the ballclub: C Buster Posey 1B Brandon Belt Source: baseball-reference.com

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