“Big Papi” David Ortiz, Searching for Any Excuse, Has Eyes Checked

Bare KnucksAnalyst IJune 9, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 04:  David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox bats against of the New York Yankees on May 4, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Red Sox defeated the Yankees 6-4.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

David Ortiz has been in an epic struggle at the plate all season, that’s no secret to even the most casual of baseball observers. As a person who has seen nearly every Red Sox game this season I can attest to that.

I can count the number of times that he has been able to catch up to a 90 mile per hour fastball in 2009 on one hand…and still have a few fingers left.

Bill Simmons said it best when describing a David Ortiz at-bat in Fenway Park: “It’s filled with 35,000 parents of the same worst kid in Little League who dread every pitch thrown in the kid’s direction. There is constant fear and sadness and helplessness. Nobody knows what to do.”

Red Sox manager Terry Francona has tried everything. He gave Ortiz the entire series in Seattle off, opting to go with a young unproven Jeff Bailey instead. Recently he tried dropping Ortiz to sixth in the lineup hoping to spark the aging icon, with minimal results.

So what does Big Papi do? Well he gets his eyes vision checked of course. The result: his eyes are fine, his bat…not so much.

Seems logical, his eyes have never been a problem before this point in his illustrious career, so maybe all of the sudden they went to shit overnight. Yeah, right. At this point Ortiz seems to be searching for any excuse for the slump that he is in.

In 51 games played Ortiz is hitting .197 with an on-base percentage of .288. Come on David, .288 is hardly a respectable batting average, much less on-base percentage. I don’t even have to mention the fact that he has a mere two home runs and 22 runs batted in. That’s embarrassing to say the least for a player of his caliber. [Read more...]