Being the toughest out in the Kanawha Valley is quite a title for the player who focuses his baseball being on reaching base, stealing bases and scoring runs.
Welcome to the world of Herbert Hoover leadoff hitter Corey Bird.
His life revolves around touching four bases every time he steps to the plate.
He uses his bat for drawing lines in the sand before putting the ball in play, creating a small cross in the back corner of the batter's box and a straight line next to home plate.
The line is to remind Bird to "not block my backside and to stay linear," he said.
At the risk of giving away clues to keeping him off base, Bird seldom drag bunts - despite being a left-hander. Like most lefties, the majority of his hits are from center to right, so he's a bit confused at the decision of third basemen to stay in the grass. If Bird bunts, he's getting on base. You can count on that.
"It depends on the situation whether or not I'm going to bunt," said Bird, a Marshall recruit. "Maybe if my swing isn't feeling good in BP (batting practice), I'm not seeing pitches very well and if the third baseman is back. Really, anytime we need a baserunner.
"I might not be safe every time, but I could bunt ... I guess they're expecting me to hit because I have a reputation of hitting. I work on bunting all the time, especially with my dad. First-base line, third-base line, sacrifice, I bunt all the time."
Once he reaches base, even Bird admits it's not rocket science - he's leaving when the pitcher comes home.
"I'm surprised teams haven't thrown over more when I'm on first," he said. "They go to the plate a lot. They can try to hold me on, but they could do a better job of it."
Bird could be baiting pitchers since he "loves it" when pitchers throw over.
Throw to first five, six, seven times lets the runner know you're watching him, but it also wears him down as he dives back to the bag.
Bird bucks that theory.
One coach told me that when Bird reaches first base, you're better off just not to bother trying to keep him on. You have to throw a pitch eventually and he's going to steal anyway. It equates to not wasting resources on an opposing player in a basketball game when you know he's going to get his points.
Stop everybody else and his production doesn't matter. Unfortunately for Hoover, that was proved for one day last season - the Class AA championship game in a 1-0 loss to Wyoming East when Bird stole three bases.
If he gets on and takes off for second, it's wise for the catcher to eat the ball, because a poor throw without the backup of the shortstop or centerfielder will have consequences.
Question the numbers all you want, most coaches aren't focused on a player's batting average, only what his pitcher does against him.
So far, it's not good news for opposing hurlers.
I'd like to take credit for giving Bird the title of toughest out in the Kanawha Valley, but I'm sure this isn't the first time it was uttered.