Hot. Talent. Lava.
At Hosmer’s introductory press conference, Hosmer’s agent Scott Boras said the following:
“I think the organization is a volcano of hot talent lava. To turn that lava into major league rock, that’s a hard thing to do. It’s a very, very difficult thing to do. … What Eric Hosmer brings is he went through all that in Kansas City. He along with many people were all prospects. They were, too, that major league lava, and they turned into championship rocks. When you can have a young veteran champion, I think your chances of guiding lava into rocks are pretty good, and I think that’s the destiny and the plan.”
The quirky quote gained a lot of attention on social media and MLB Network Radio even turned it into a song.
The hashtag #hottalentlava quickly caught fire on social media, and the team was seen wearing shirts that said both #hottalentlava and #majorleaguerock at spring training in Peoria, Arizona on Friday.
Obviously #hottalentlava was trending in San Diego on Friday morning.
And the Padres used it to share a video of shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. hitting a home run in the team’s first spring training game on Friday afternoon.
Fans are loving the new motto.
They even enthusiastically voted in an unofficial poll to add a volcano to Petco Park.
Is it all just a gimmick? Fans seem to be onboard either way.
Several already want to buy the shirt for themselves.
There was at least one person who objected.
So, what does Hosmer think of the motto? He embraces it.
“It's a funny thing we can put on some shirts and joke around about. But when you really think into it, it makes some sense,” Hosmer said. “That's what we're trying to do: mold these guys into young champions.”
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