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Wait a while before judging Ortiz

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  April 7, 2010 10:39 AM

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panic-button.jpgDavid Ortiz had 541 at-bats last season. So those suggesting he should be executed at dawn based on seven at-bats are taking into account 1.29 percent of the season.

That would be like getting a new job and getting fired at 9:01 a.m. because your tie was crooked.

Ortiz from June 11 to Oct. 4 last season: .264/.356/.549 with 25 homers and 75 RBI. That was 61.7 percent of his season and that was post whatever PEDs he may or may not have done. It wasn't vintage Ortiz, but it was better production than a lot of American League teams were getting out of their DHs.

The guy may well be finished, I'm not here to argue that. But nobody can decide that on April 6 after two games against CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett. A baseball season is a movie made up of 162 scenes. You have to watch a while before you decide if you like it.

But Ortiz didn't help matters last night by cursing out the writers. That makes him look scared and worried about where he's going to play next season. A struggling player only compounds the issue when he joins the fray instead of staying above it.

If Ortiz is in the lineup tonight, the reaction to his first at-bat is going to be interesting.

UPDATE, 12:08 p.m.: Terry Francona just said on WEEI that Ortiz would be starting tonight.

"We're two games into the season," he said. "We want these guys to go up there and feel fearless, not looking over their shoulders."

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