David Ortiz says that the Red Sox need more offense

11/20/09 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

"I say that like a year ago and everybody looked at me like I was a [expletive] clown. I say, 'We need another 30 home-run-hitting guy.' 'What, you crazy!' Everybody talking trash. Now what? We always need help. We always need guys capable to produce. That's what everybody chase in the offseason, a guy who can come in and supply powers, RBIs. This is a team that's playing in this division. Everything is powerful right here. You've got the world champions in the East. You've got Tampa Bay in the East. You've got the Blue Jays getting stronger every year in the East. You've got Baltimore who you don't know if they're going to come kick your [butt] all year round in the East. So you better get ready to play in the East."

On the surface, David Ortiz is entirely correct. Late in the season and into the playoffs, it was obvious that the Red Sox had issues with their offense. They desperately needed another power bat to protect their hitters and provide a legitimate threat in the middle of the lineup.

However, there's a flaw in Ortiz's logic. At the beginning of the season, the Red Sox thought they had a guy who was good for about .300, with 40 HR and 120 RBI. That guy was supposed to be David Ortiz. Unfortunately, he was pretty much useless in the beginning of the season, as well as in the playoffs.

I have no problem with a guy saying something like that after a productive season. But for a solid portion of the year, Ortiz was nothing but an offensive liability. Have a good year, and then come back and whine about the front office not doing their job, if you still feel like it's necessary.
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