posted at 5/3/2013 12:35 PM EDT
I didn't get the desired response from my earlier thread, 'such a great start for Ortiz'. I was rather hoping that some might be intrigued enough to ask the identity of this former Sox player. He was one of my boyhood favorites, so with your indulgence, I'm going to give it another shot by re-posting.
Given Ortiz’s history of slow early-season starts, I’m absolutely delighted with his performance in April. It’s certainly unreasonable to think that he will maintain this torrid pace, but if he can stay healthy, and continue to take advantage of his newly-found opposite field stroke, he might just have an MVP type year.
Not to start an argument over who was or is the better player, but his offensive output in April reminds me of a former Sox player who likewise got off to an incredible start at the beginning of the season. And some may remember this fabulous season of offensive production.
This guy ended up leading the league in RBIs (144) and total bases (326), while batting .322 with 34 homers. In addition, his .583 slugging percentage and 70 extra bases were second in the league and his .961 OPS was third best in the AL. He subsequently finished 6th for the league MVP, but did make Rookie of the Year and was selected to the All-Star Game.
I’d be ecstatic if David could compile numbers like these this season. Wouldn’t you?
It might help you to know that this un-named player turned down an opportunity to play for the Chicago Bears in order to pursue a baseball career and subsequently signed with the Red Sox.