Professional athletes require a supreme amount of self-confidence to weather the daily ups and downs of competition on a national stage.
For Major League Baseball hitters, that’s especially true: as the old adage goes, if you fail 70% of the time, you’re doing pretty good.
Sometimes that confidence extends into hubris, which might be the case with Marlins outfielder Justin Ruggiano:
@ken_rosenthal no we don’t. I got this.
— Justin Ruggiano (@justinruggiano) November 29, 2012
Ruggiano’s breakout 2012, in which he posted a triple-slash of .313/.374/.535 with 13 HR and a .390 wOBA in 320 PAs for the Marlins while playing all three OF positions, is giving him the confidence to claim far more than just starting CF job for his team in 2013. In fact, he’s ready to solve all manner of problems: