He's bad, he's old, he's done, and he may have taken steroids.
These are the things you will not hear anyone in the media say. Instead they go wild when he hits a hard foul ball or continue showing him taking a curtain call after the cheapest home run in baseball, one off the bottom of Pesky's Pole in Fenway Park.
Announcers young and old at TBS, ESPN, and FOX continue to praise "the Nation" or "Fenway Faithfull" for giving David Ortiz a round of applause every time he steps to the plate, even though he is awful. Lets see how they would feel if the team were not just a half game back of first place, I'm sure the "greatest fans in America" would be booing just like anyone else.
Did ESPN constantly show clips of Frank Thomas struggling in Oakland, Ken Griffey Jr. struggling in Chicago, or Randy Johnson, who has a 5.12 ERA, struggling right now and analyze what was wrong with them?
These are Hall of Famers whereas David Ortiz is a five-year wonder and, yet, his dying career is major sporting news.
Could it be that ESPN's poster child is just another player who feasted on batting behind Manny Ramirez, who ESPN started scolding for things they used to claim was "Manny being Manny" when he was not hurting the Red Sox?
Perhaps ESPN is trying to cover up the fact that Ortiz wasn't just taking batting advice from Ramirez, but also borrowed his Steroid for Dummies book?
Perhaps they are attempting to rally the country around him by showing clips of him struggling and fans courageously cheering him on, and by doing so make fans turn their back on the possibility that Ortiz may not be the player or person we thought he was.
He is a .197 hitter who gets more air time than guys like Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer, Nick Markakis, Evan Longoria, Raul Ibanez, and even teammates Jason Bay and Kevin Youkilis, who, as Shooter McGavin would say, are too busy winning at the plate.
Fans do not care about players batting below .200 who hit singles, so please stop showing every ball he hits with a minuscule amount of force.
It is not news.
Either say he's old and move on, or do some reporting and see if he's linked to steroids. Otherwise, stop constantly showing and talking about him.
We, the Real Nation, do not care.