Pitchers & Catchers Report to Ft. Myers

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Big Man With A Heart of Gold

David Ortiz may have gotten off to a rough start this season, and let off steam recently to an assemblage of sportswriters with lots of colorful language.

But despite the pressure on him to produce, he is still a gentle soul, as this story sent in by a Red Sox fan to writer Pete Abraham can attest to. The fan met Papi in Kansas City after a game with his young daughter.

It's definitely worth reading, from the Extra Bases Blog.

And interesting take on Papi's early season struggles, from Alex Speier.

2 comments:

Rick said...

ah yes the small sample size dilemma. Maybe a little more time and to some extent some qualitative analysis of his at bats must also be done. I however can be worried about Papelbon because of last year also (and of course last year's playoffs) is his lack of control. More specifically I am puzzled by his reluctance to throw a pitch down the plate when he has a multi-run lead (same as last year). If you have a three run lead - let the leadoff guy hit it (the worst is that you will be up 2 runs) and the ball probably gets caught. He needs to pitch to scoreboard a little more.

But he did get the save today :)

The Omnipotent Q said...

I kept thinking to myself today with Pap pitching, "go after him!" Just mystifying, Rick.