Pirates' Travis Snider knows demotion

When things are going badly, Travis Snider doesn't throw up his hands. He goes back to the batting...

When things are going badly, Travis Snider doesn't throw up his hands. He goes back to the batting cage and keeps plugging away. The Pirates outfielder says it's not healthy, professionally, to play the game with panic or fear. (Getty Images)

Bob Elliott, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:58 PM ET

“Pros don’t panic,” the young Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder.

The calm pro was sitting, on a muggy Sunday morn, in the first base dugout at Wrigley Field, now 99 years old and not looking a day over 60.

“Pro don’t panic. That’s the general manager, the manager, the hitting coach and players,” said Travis Snider, 25, sounding more mature than he did when he wore a Blue Jays uniform.

“You can’t panic after a bad series, a bad weekend,” said Snider. “You can’t have the approach that: ‘if I don’t do something quick, I’ll be sent out.’”

No matter the outcome — Snider was hitless Sunday in a 4-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs — players have to keep the same routine: Hit in the cage, hit off the tee and come back the next day ... and do it again, he says.

“You have to play like it’s high school, without panic, without fear of being sent out if you don’t do well,” said Snider, now gesturing emphatically with both hands.

If Snider sounds like an expe


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