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The ? Remainz

Last Friday, David Ortiz hit two long home runs against the Tigers, reminding us that he can still turn on a fastball. At least for one night. He creamed both pitches, too. Shades of the old Big Papi not the Old Big Papi.  

The question remains: Is Ortiz back, or was that just a blip? Today at ESPN, Howard Bryant has a long profile on the Boston slugger:

“You have to remember how proud David is,” said his former Minnesota Twins roommate Torii Hunter. “He treats people well. He makes you feel good. He makes it fun to come to the ballpark and play this game. Now, he’s having a tough time, and it looks like the same people he used to make laugh want him out? How would you feel?”

…Last year was supposed to be old news. He had conquered the bad start. He thought he had proved that last year was not evidence of a trend.

“Do you understand that this is killing me?” he tells me one day. “Do you know when I’m going good I cannot sleep because I’m trying to remember everything that I did right so I can repeat it the next day and the next? And that’s when I’m going good. When I’m going bad, it’s even worse because everybody looks to me to be the guy who comes through for this ballclub. It’s like I never sleep anymore.”


1 TheGreenMan   ~  May 17, 2010 4:00 pm

Eh, he seems like a good guy. But all I can really think of is "boo hoo".

2 williamnyy23   ~  May 17, 2010 5:21 pm

Nick Johnson to have surgery. Swisher and Posada not in the lineup. Marcus Thames playing RF at Fenway Park. What a way to start an important week.

3 Yankster   ~  May 17, 2010 5:31 pm

[1] "good guy." Hmmmnn. I don't know about that. He's been a pain for the Yankees for a long time and having his cost weigh down the sawks bankroll while his bat weighs down the lineup is this yankees fan's dream. I bet if the other half of the Yankees historic nightmare, Manny, was still there he'd be helping ortiz get out of this.

Also, for all papi's failing, he still has an OPS+ of 101 while Jeter's is at 96.

4 OldYanksFan   ~  May 17, 2010 5:54 pm

Ouch! That's FOUR starters out of the lineup.
Let's hope we can pitch a shutout.

5 TheGreenMan   ~  May 17, 2010 7:16 pm

[3] With "good guy" I meant his personality/life away from baseball. Nothing to do with his past or current performance at the plate.

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