What Exactly is Nick Punto’s Deal?

I used to gripe about Nick Punto. I used to sneer at Minnesota fans who bought his shirseys and cheered loudly when he came to bat. I used to roll my eyes every time an announcer would laud him for his hard-nosed play, his determination, and, of course, his “scrappy-ness.” I never actively disliked him — never booed or threw a ranting comment into the Internet — but he always just kind of annoyed me. But then, it hit me last night. Nick Punto doesn’t give two shits about what I think. He doesn’t care what anyone thinks about him. If he does, he certainly doesn’t play that way. Nick Punto has transcended. He has come to the realization that he only gets one shot on Earth, and he gets to spend part of it playing baseball for a living. So, while he has the chance, Nick Punto is going to play exactly the way Nick Punto wants.



Your feelings on Nick Punto are irrelevant, you see.


Godspeed, Nick Punto. Keep on keepin’ on.


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16 Responses to “What Exactly is Nick Punto’s Deal?”

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  1. Yaya Pigwius says:

    Note that there is a RIGHT way and a WRONG way to slide into first base.

    Nick uses the slide as his means to touch first as soon as possible, so he flops down at the right time to quickly slap the bag. Others, they just slide in and stop on first, doin it just for show.


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    • Judy says:

      No, actually there are probably an almost unlimited number of WRONG ways to slide into first base.

      There are, however, exactly zero RIGHT ways to do so, unless it is to avoid a tag.

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    • Devin says:

      Seriously though, the way he slides it almost does seem faster, it’s not really a slide as much as a dive.

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  2. highpockets says:


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  3. Tim says:

    I think this just proves what I’ve always thought about Punto, which is that he simply can’t run ninety feet without falling over.

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  4. Maverick Squad says:

    Nick Punto assumes every time he hits a ground ball it’s too weak to make it to the outfield.

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  5. MNzach says:

    I continue to love Nick Punto. Mostly because he can take a walk and play multiple positions adequately. Grit has not much to do with it but I greatly enjoy the sarcastic narrative.

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  6. Jaack says:

    He obviously is among the best in baseball. The Dodgers took on $Texas to trade for him.

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  7. Ozzy says:

    For a split second as he begins to get up from the slide, he positions himself to make the turn and run to second, and I really wish he had.

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  8. Free Bryan LaHair says:

    has he ever slid into first after a base on balls?

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