PITTSBURGH -- Quick thinking by Reds rookie third baseman Todd Frazier, and his memory from high school of how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver, likely helped save a man's life on Monday night.
While having dinner at a downtown Pittsburgh restaurant with teammate Ryan Ludwick, Frazier noticed a man was choking.
"I was talking to [Ludwick] and I see it out of the corner of my eye," Frazier explained. "I said, 'I think that dude is choking over there.' ... There were two women side by side trying to give him the Heimlich. [Ludwick] said to get over there because I was the closest one. So I went over there and was yelling at them to get out of the way. They did, and I gave two pumps and it came out."
The man had apparently eaten a very large bite of steak.
"It was a big, fat piece, too, it was pretty insane," Frazier said. "It was a good 30 seconds that they were trying, at least.
"I remembered in high school they taught us, a couple of fingers below the sternum. It hacked that thing right out."
The unidentified victim was grateful for Frazier's assistance, which was certainly more important than anything he could do on the field on Tuesday, when he went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and an RBI triple in an 8-1 win over the Pirates.
"He paid for our [dinner], which he didn't have to do, and said thanks a couple of times," Frazier said. "It was pretty surreal. I have never done that before."