You know, this isn’t the first time this author has thrown up a ridiculous, irrelevant and unspellchecked post. I find it hard to believe he’s a “former newspaper editor,” though I guess the *former* is the important part.
Also: If one more writer remarks about “gritty second basemen” anywhere, at any time and especially with a Pedroia reference lopped on top, I will do my best to ensure that writer will be a *former* writer. Let’s face it: The only 2B in recent memory who wasn’t “gritty” was Alfonso Soriano.
Comment by Walter Jones — February 6, 2009 @ 4:35 pm
Skoodog: Gordon Beckham just turned 22 and has 58 career at bats in the minor leagues. I would say he needs to stew in the MiLB for at least a year or two before he even gets called up….
1. ‘Gapping’ and ‘coup’ are English words. Spell check would not catch them.
2. He wasn’t attributing any extra-statistical value to grit, merely acknowledging it.
3. Who cares? Are a few trifling errors that have absolutely no impact on the scope of the article really so egregious that they automatically render everything said thenceforth meritless? Perhaps grammatical perfection isn’t exactly Marc’s highest priority because he understands that in a relatively informal venue where substance trumps style, most of us could not care less about an honest mistake that changes nothing about the content or the quality of the article. Jeremy doesn’t care. Larry doesn’t care. So why do you?
IMO, and I know a lot about the topic, when someone describes a player as gritty, or scrappy, all that means is they suck but since they play hard they overcome some of those shortcomings. If anything it is an insult to be called scrappy.
Whens the last time someone called Arod, Pujols, Jr, Bonds, Wright… gritty?
Comment by David Eckstein — February 18, 2009 @ 2:04 pm