PITTSBURGH -- In the past 24-plus hours since MLB.com reported Tuesday that he saved a choking victim by performing the Heimlich Maneuver, Reds third baseman Todd Frazier has been a man in demand.
Frazier's story received national attention on Tuesday night and Wednesday. The club received numerous media requests to interview the rookie. His phone has also been buzzing.
"It's unbelievable," Frazier said on Wednesday. "You hear from a lot of people. Things like this, it spreads. I got a lot of friends and family support. I have a lot of trainers back in high school saying, 'Hey, you're going to take my job,' and stuff like that. I'm thankful for them too."
On Monday night, following the Reds Memorial Day game vs. the Pirates, Frazier was having dinner with teammate Ryan Ludwick when he spotted a man choking. Two women, the man's dining companion, and a server were unsuccessfully trying to apply the Heimlich when Frazier stepped in to help, dislodging a piece of steak from the patron's throat.
"I was just glad I was there to help him out," said Frazier, who noted that the victim did not know he was a ballplayer.
This wasn't Ludwick's first experience seeing someone choke. He said he once helped save someone with the Heimlich while eating at The Precinct steakhouse in Cincinnati with then Cardinals teammate Jason LaRue.
"It's the third time it's happened to me in two years," Ludwick said. "I did it once myself on a guy, and this time I didn't want to do it, so I let [Frazier] do it. Another time, my wife and I were out to dinner and a waiter helped someone. It seems to happen -- guys choking around me. It's weird. ... People need to make sure to take small bites and chew their meat to the fullest."