Mention Bourjos's nickname – "Gorgeous Bourjos" – and he blushes with embarrassment. "I had a friend in third grade call me that, and I told him to stop. I hadn't heard it again until I got called up," he says. "Apparently, it's popular with the young girls and the old ladies." Now entering his third full season in the big leagues, Bourjos is emerging as an everyday player in an outfield crowded with marquee names (Hamilton, Trout, Vernon Wells). What keeps him in the lineup is his blazing speed. "He's probably the smoothest-running outfielder in the major leagues," says Wilson. "He has a natural gait that is amazing."
Photograph by Michael Muller
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