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Cure me maybe? Player goes to great lengths to end slump

July 08, 2012|By Matt Lindner | For RedEye

Carly Rae Jepsen's catchy chart-topper, "Call Me Maybe," has been known to turn many a frown upside down with its bubbly beat and captivating chorus.

But could it cure White Sox infielder Orlando Hudson's woes at the plate?

"Have you been seeing me getting on base?" he asked following Saturday's game, in which he went 0-for-2 with a strikeout. I responded that I have not.

"OK then," he said.

Hudson began using the sugary sweet pop ditty as his at-bat walk-up music atU.S. Cellular Fieldon June 22 against Milwaukee.

"It's a catchy song. It's a great song," he said.

While Hudson's been solid in the field since joining the Sox, his bat may as well have been a giant macaroni noodle over that time. Prior to switching his at-bat music to "Call Me Maybe," he was hitting an anemic .192 (15-for-78) and figured things couldn't get much worse.

"I'm just trying to get myself going at the plate. I can't find nothing else so I tried 'Call Me Maybe' to see if that'll work for a little while," he said, shrugging.

He was wrong.

In six games since, Hudson has collected two hits in 19 at-bats, lowering his average to .175. He's also been supplanted as the team's starting third baseman by recent acquisition Kevin Youkilis, meaning his at-bats will be even more sporadic.

But when you do see Hudson walking to the plate from now on, it won't be to "Call Me Maybe." He's changing it up, and he hasn't ruled out another song by Jepsen.

So what's it gonna be?

"Can't tell," he said coyly before leaving the clubhouse.

Matt Lindner is a RedEye special contributor.

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