09-21-2012, 11:25 PM #21
Danny B gave me my moniker, but he too has turned into a latter-day version of a Reusse Rant (by the way, has anyone else noticed how Patrick has softened over the years? He's getting back on his game). Barreiro needs to find the love of sports, once again, and turn back the page to his award-winning Strib days.
09-22-2012, 12:56 AM #22
09-22-2012, 07:28 PM #23
Thanks for the link to this article. A great read. I met him once at spring training. He talked to everyone, old, young, handicapped. Patient, accomodating, polite...class act. I am so pleased that he has rebounded this season and silenced the many doubters. I wish him many more years of success!
09-22-2012, 07:54 PM #24
For me, the Guitar Hero anecdote sums it all up. The guy is a Natural, probably at everything. He is the type that could "roll out of bed and hit .300." But, he doesn't do that. Clearly, he works his butt off to get even better than that. There is a reason why he leads the league in OBP and might win another batting title (would that really surprise anyone?). I think people get frustrated when "The Natural" scuffles, but no one is perfect. For me, Mauer is a having a Hall of Fame career and I love to watch him play. I can understand day to day frustration with Mauer, but not recognizing his greatness is just ignorance to me.
Also, there is a reason certain writers go "national" and others remain "local." Souhan would rather perfect his Rick Reilly-rip-off routine than actually learn something or write anything that is worth reading.