ESPN – Whichever team signs free-agent reliever Adam Ottavino will have a confident pitcher.
Assessing the state of today’s game on MLB’s Statcast podcast, the 33-year-old right-hander said that Babe Ruth couldn’t keep up.
“I had an argument with a coach in Triple-A about Babe Ruth’s effectiveness in today’s game,” Ottavino said. “I said, ‘Babe Ruth, with that swing, swinging that bat, I got him hitting .140 with eight homers.’
“He was like, ‘Are you nuts? Babe Ruth would hit .370 with 60 homers,’ and I’m like, ‘I would strike Babe Ruth out every time.’
“I’m not trying to disrespect him, you know, rest in peace, you know, shoutout to Babe Ruth. But, it was a different game, I mean the guy ate hot dogs and drank beer and did whatever he did. It was just a different game.”
Pretty blasphemous stuff this morning from a guy 98% of baseball fans have never heard of. I understand gassing yourself up heading into free agency, and I understand being supremely confident in your skill set, but give me a fucking break.
Adam Ottavino doesn’t seem like a world beater, does he? Pretty middling stats in my opinion. In fact, you know what’s funny? Babe Ruth was a better pitcher than him.
Actually, he was a much better pitcher. The game has changed a little bit since The Sultan of Swat played, I’ll grant Ottavino that, but do a little research and have some self-awareness, pal. Not only would The Babe eat a dozen hot dogs and drink a dozen beers pregame, he’d also proceed to hit an absolute cock shot into the stratosphere off Ottavino. Frozen ropes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a bedtime snack.
Maybe I’m being too hard on Adam Ottavino, though. Let’s take a peek at some of his highlights.
Yes, I cherry picked these clips, and yes Adam Ottavino set the Rockies scoreless innings streak record, which is a commendable feat and something very few are capable of, but let’s pump the brakes on saying you’d strike out Babe Ruth every time you faced him when you’re giving up moonshots to guys like Lyle Overbay and Chris Carter (who struck out no less than 1,000 times when he played for the Yankees).
I respect what the guy is trying to do here going into free agency. The MLB hot stove is starting to heat up a little bit, you spit out some egregious bullshit like this and hope that it sticks somewhere. But Adam, if you come at the King–and make no mistake about it, Babe Ruth is one of the Kings– you best not miss.
Now watch the Yankees give him $70 million just to spite me. I guess we’ll see. Again, I’m sure he’s a lovely guy.. but give it a rest with the Babe Ruth slander.
Shoutout Art LaFleur for being the greatest representation of The Babe we’ve ever seen.