Cody Ransom: Athletic Freak? Johnny Damon and YouTube Say Yes

Stephen Meyer@@StephenMeyer_BRDeputy MLB EditorMarch 12, 2009

New York Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon barely hesitated long enough for the reporter's question to be completed before he tossed his answer forward.

When asked to name the most athletic player on the entire Yankee roster, Damon emphatically answered, "Cody Ransom."

After the reporter seemed slightly taken aback by his response, Damon added, "Have you been to YouTube yet?"

Well, I certainly hadn't spent my free time searching for all the available Cody Ransom video footage, and I'm sure many of you haven't as well.

Here is some of the video evidence that Cody Ransom is in fact a freak of nature:

5 Foot Jump Without a Running Start:

4 1/2 Foot Jump:

Ransom is not just jumping five feet high off of one step; he is actually landing on top of a five foot high platform.

With the aid of a running start and the ability to kick his legs out to maximize height, who knows what he is capable of.

He may not hit anywhere near as well as Alex Rodriguez, but he certainly could develop quickly into a fan favorite.

With leaping ability like this, I am sure Ransom will be able to rob a few doubles away from right-handed sluggers.

I have never been more interested in a utility player. However, Ransom will have to perform admirably to maintain our interest.

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