As OF Clint Frazier continues to make noise in the big leagues, veteran Matt Holliday has been giving the rookie words of advice on how to block out things off the field.
Frazier isn't a stranger to the spotlight having been the first overall pick of the 2013 MLB Draft. However, since being called up by the Yankees earlier this month, the 22-year-old has been contacted by virtually everyone that has his number.
"Ever since I got called up to the big leagues," Fraizer said, "there have been a lot of people who have tried to sneak their way into my life that didn't play a role for many years."
Dealing with the pressure of answering and pleasing everyone is hard for the average citizen, let alone a major leaguer. Holliday, who developed a relationship with Frazier in Spring Training, has been helping him with the transition.
"The advice he gave me is definitely something that helps as far as, it's not bad to say no sometimes," Frazier said.
"It was just, keep you circle small. I had a lot of attention on myself and a lot of people were trying to get involved in my life. He was just saying, keep your circle small, make sure you know who's there for you and who's not."
A 14-year veteran, Holliday knows that keeping things off the field at bay results in good play between the lines.
"The more you can concentrate on baseball and how the people around you so that you can keep the distractions out of the way, the better off you'll be," Holliday said.
Frazier has certainly made his mark since joining the Yankees on July 1. He is hitting .295 with 11 extra-base hits and 11 RBI. Manager Joe Girardi has kept Frazier in the starting lineup over Jacoby Ellsbury.
Frazier is a student of Holliday on the field as well.
"Matt does a really good job staying on his backside during his swing," Frazier said. "That's something I was trying to incorporate into my game more. Maybe a few key words here and there that he told me that might click with me to help me, or a drill that either he does or Aaron does to help them stay behind the ball."
Holliday loves how Frazier is willing to learn since making the jump to the majors, and he thinks he will become a better ballplayer as he matures.
"I think he's learning a lot. Obviously, he's extremely talented, but I think he's starting to understand the game better. I think he's maturing in his life. I've enjoyed getting to know him and spending time with him."