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Is it time to eat some crow about David Ortiz?

May 15, 2010, 9:49 AM EDT

Ortiz home run.jpgDavid Ortiz continued his recent hot-hitting on Friday night, slugging two mammoth home runs and driving in four runs in a 7-2 win over the Tigers.

The first home run, a three-run shot off the struggling Max Scherzer in the first inning, traveled an estimated distance of 459 feet to right-center field, according to HitTracker, good enough for one of the longest home runs hit in the major leagues this season.

Of course, it wasn’t long ago that most of us were ready to give up on the 34-year-old slugger. After all, he batted just .143 (8-for-56) with one home run and four RBI in April. But after his big night on Friday, Ortiz is hitting .333 (11-for-33) with five home runs and 11 RBI over nine games in May. He enters Saturday’s action with a season-high .213/.283/.483 batting line.

In turn, Ortiz has some words for those who doubted him, via Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald:

“I’m feeling good,” he said. “Swinging the bat – seeing the ball and
hitting it, man. You know? There’s people that know a lot about the
game, they think they got everything figured out. Just tell them that
the season is not over after April. It’s over after October.”

Noted. Ortiz is certainly showing signs of life here, but what I’m most interested to see is whether Red Sox manager Terry Francona will push his DH platoon to the side on Saturday and start Ortiz against the left-hander Dontrelle Willis.

  1. dp - May 15, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    His problem is he can’t hit the fastball . He’s probably closer to forty than thirty . He can hit a fastball @ 90 to 92 mph , but anything over that speed and he can’t catch up to it . His problems are far from over . This will be his last year , he needs to enjoy it. If someone signs him next year (if they’re stupid) it will be for very little . Enjoy Poopie , it’s almost over .

  2. D.J. Short - May 15, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    For what it’s worth, according to Brooks Baseball, both home runs off Scherzer were on pitches faster than 92 mph.

  3. Old Gator - May 15, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Just in case his career isn’t almost over, here’s a great recipe for crow I found in the Bush Recession Cookbook: remove head, legs and tailfeathers. Scorch crow over sterno, then brush off incinerated plumage. Blow into crow’s cloaca until all innards ooze out the neck. Impale crow carcass on a foot-long length of rebar and turn slowly over sterno for three hours, occasionally rubbing hands to ward off chill. Being careful not to burn your hand, grip rebar at the rear of crow and force carcass off rebar with your boot, trying not to dislodge the duct tape holding it together. Dip crow in ketchup and gnaw off the meat, flinging inedible portions of carcass back over your shoulder into the alley for the rats. After all, the rats are your friends, and in this economy, what with the Republicans inexplicably threatening to regain control of congress, you may also need to eat one of them sooner or later.

  4. Sonny - May 15, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    As usual Gator , very good . Am I wrong , or are you a little discussed with people from the right ?

  5. GatorNYYFAN - May 15, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Sounds like a little discussed with Republicans… not people from the right… Aren’t there right wing Democrats?

  6. William - May 15, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    He’s back on the roids.

  7. JBerardi - May 15, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Well, it works like this. Democrats run the range from far-left (Bernie Sanders) to mid-right (Ben Nelson). Then the republicans are the ones carrying “BARAK OBAMER IS A SOSHALIST!!!” signs and all the TV cameras in front of them, plus anyone who owns a yacht. Geddit?

    Oh yeah, and while David Ortiz will continue to run into the occasional fastball, I’ll still maintain as I have all along that a Hermida-Lowell platoon is the best solution for the Sox this year.

  8. Old Gator - May 15, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    I’m disgusted with our entire corrupt money-infested political system in general these days, Democrats included. As I challenged another correspondent here recently who accused me of bashing only the Elephant Men, go find me a post where I said something complimentary about that human air raid siren that walks like a hag, Nancy Pelosi, or that quivering ideological amoeboid Harry Reid. Can’t be done. However, for the past two years I’ve observed Democrats and independents struggling mightily, if not always competently, to solve problems and Republicans struggling just as mightily not to solve them – ie, willing to throw the whole country under the bus so they can blame the Democrats and win back the favor (and favors) of their big corporate pimps.
    However, I also want to take a moment to congratulate Big Papi on his recent renaissance. I’m not a Beanbag fan but it’d be more fun to see them an active contributor to the AL East competition than it would be to have a simple binary Borg/Rays slugfest this season. As I discovered during college, usually just after frat parties (although sometimes during gloriously lost weekends), three is definitely more fun than two.

  9. RIGHT as usual - May 15, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Brilliant political commentary (and spelling I might add) guys. No wonder our country is being driven into the ground with you uninformed dumbasses actually allowed to vote. You probably think Patrick Henry is a AAA masher corner infielder for the BoSox who is waiting to take Papi’s place in the lineup if he struggles some more. Soooooo laughable.

  10. Motherscratcher - May 15, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Effin’ A, Pedroia was right.
    Laser Show.

  11. Leroy - May 16, 2010 at 5:43 AM

    ” He’s back on roids ” You’re probably right , that’s the only thing that can save his ancient ass .

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