Jerry weighs in on David Ortiz, Richard Sherman and even the great Babe Ruth.
Just to make it clear, S.O.B., in this case stands for Sherman, Ortiz, and (The) Babe. What other than being, or in Sherman’s case trying to be, bigger than life performers, do they have in common? If I wanted to go that route, they do share some significant personal factors. For one thing they are all big men. George Herman Ruth was 6’2″, Richard Sherman 6’3″, and David Ortiz 6’4″. They all had difficult beginnings, Sherman in the Compton-Watts area of LA, Ortiz in the DR, and Ruth was abandoned by his father and grew up in St. Mary’s, an orphanage/reform school/ private school in Baltimore.
But to be honest with you, and staying true to form, the reason I’m writing about these three is more random than that. It’s been extremely difficult to ignore the talk around Sherman. Big Papi created a significant media buzz, in these parts when he recently launched his annual contract extension tour. So, of course, I feel obligated to add my own unique perspective on these stories. As for Ruth; I’ve been reading Bill Bryson’s ONE SUMMER, AMERICA, 1927, a gift from my oldest daughter, and found the selections about “The Babe” fascinating, as well as surprisingly informative, so I decided to share some of the more interesting revelations with you. Hence: Sherman, Ortiz. and Babe Continue reading →