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PORT ST. LUCIE - Keith Hernandez has famously swooned at the sight of Michael Conforto's stylish swing since seeing it in 2015, but if you think he was the first person to go ga-ga over it, well, perhaps on TV, yes.
But the first ever? Conforto was all of eight years old when that happened.
"It was my first Little League tryout," Conforto recalled with a laugh. "Someone who was working the pitching machine. I was miserable because I fouled everything off. But the guy came up to me and said, 'you have the most beautiful swing here. Just keep doing what you're doing."
And it turns out it was no accident for the kid who grew up in the Seattle area.
"I was trying to look like Ken Griffey (Jr.), for sure," he said. "I was too young to see him when he was playing in Seattle, but my dad watched him there and when I was young he told me, 'You're a lefthanded hitter, you should try and swing like this guy.'
"So I did."