Big Papi: please go to your happy place
Posted by athomeatfenway on April 26, 2013
Take a look at where the arrow is pointing in the above seating diagram. Section 35 is Big Papi’s happy place.
David Ortiz went 3 for 4 in last night’s 7-2 win over the Astros at Fenway, boosting his 2013 BA to .550 (18 at bats.) Papi continued his current hitting streak with a rbi single in the 1st inning. It is a 17 game streak at the moment.
Another sign that we are seeing vintage Papi redux is where he deposited his first home run of the season in the 3rd inning. It landed 6 rows deep in section 35, the straight away center bleacher section that is adjacent to normally canvas covered section.
Long time Papi watchers, all 20 million of them, know that straight away center is where David smacks homeruns when his swing is at peak efficiency.
Last week, several boo birds lamented David’s return when the Papi-less Sox were 12 – 4. To them I say SHUSH and strap yourself in for the next few weeks. The swinging F Bomber is making Pedroia-Ortiz-Napoli look like the most dangerous 3-4-5 in the American League.
Cano-Wells-Cervelli, you say ?
Cabrera-Fielder-Martinez, maybe. But I’m putting all my loot on the big guy, the little a** kicker, and scowling Mike.
Let’s just hope David isn’t downing any magic milkshakes to keep things rolling at age 37.5.
As of this morning, The Astros have the poorest record in the American League. But not by much. They hold small margins over Seattle and Toronto for that ignominious title.
The American League licked its collective chops when the woeful ‘Stro’s brought their 55-107 record to the AL West for 2013. BUT — how fair it is to the AL Central and East to provide the A’s, Rangers and the Angels each 17 opportunities to defeat baseball’s losingest team ? The East and Central will face the Space City Weaklings just 7 times each. Hence there is an unfair advantage in the wild card race for the western squads.
This is worth watching as the season grinds on.
To date, Houston is 5-12 against its division mates, with 4 of those wins coming against Seattle.
The Astros haven’t shown much against Texas and the Angels so far and that could be an indication that 2013 will pan out exactly as the East and Central teams feared. Advantage West.
At least we have the Astros to enjoy for the next 6 games. 2 more at Fenway and 3 in the Bronx after which they will be welcomed in the Motor City.
The 2nd place Tigers will be salivating.