Monday, July 31, 2017

The 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge: Day #16

Tony, the wonderful writer of the “Off Hiatus Baseball” blog, started a fun activity based off the “30-Day Music Challenge” that Twitter users were taking. The list of challenges looks like this:

Today, we’ll continue with Challenge #16: A card of a player whom you appreciate but don't like.

First off, mad props to Tony for dropping a "whom." Especially if it's used correctly.

But, right away, I had to make my own ruling. Since I had been going with cards in my own collection, and most of my collection is Red Sox cards...I had to temper things a bit. By "don't like" I decided that meant, not "dislike" but just not a favorite player type. After all, if I actually disliked a Red Sox player, chances are that I didn't appreciate them either. Which is why I don't feel terrible about selecting this card.

Yeah. I'm going to catch hell for this one.

But, it actually illustrates the point exactly. Obviously, I appreciate David Ortiz, and everything he meant for the Sox. But, he was just never really one of my favorite players. Again, I didn't dislike him. I'm not talking about Schilling or Pedroia here. He just didn't do it for me. 

Think "roommate" vs "significant other." Sure, he checks all the right boxes. There just wasn't that spark.

I think some of it is that he came up behind Manny Ramirez. Now, Manny was my guy. He was my guy when he was with the Indians. He was my guy when he was with the Dodgers. So, I already had a connection with another player when Ortiz emerged as a star. Which is fine. He could play a wonderful second fiddle to Manny. Then, when Manny left, the Sox went into a bit of a rut. It was hard to get connected with any of them for a while. 

So, Ortiz was always just there. Plugging away. Hitting clutch home runs. But, if you asked me to list my favorite players, not sure how long it would take for me to get to him.

Which is why he popped into my head as soon as I saw this challenge. Because, again, I don't dislike David Ortiz.

I just appreciate him more than I like him.

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