It’s easy to measure the “dog in the fight” but that’s only part of the deal. For example, in terms of talent, Pete Rose was not in the same category as an athlete when compared to Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Barry Bonds and most other hitters, but Pete Rose holds the record for hits. There were a lot of hitters with a lot more talent than Pete, but in his case, it wasn’t the size of the dog in the fight, it was the amount of fight in the dog.
I have been saying for some time now, that our 2B this year will be Blake DeWitt. Some of that, I admit, is wishful thinking, but Blake DeWitt has something else. Something that you can’t measure. You can’t measure IT by seeing that he hit over .300 the first two months of his rookie season, or that he hit .204 last year and wasn’t that impressive in AAA. You simply can’t measure IT, but when I see Blake DeWitt, I believe he has IT and will win our 2B job this year.
The fact that he is a lefty is a huge bonus. Blake thought he was ready to play 2B last year, but the Dodgers didn’t and brought in the O-Dog. It was the right move, but DeWitt continued to hone his skills at 2B, and by all accounts, he is ready defensively. I believe Blake DeWitt is a guy who will hit .265 with 15-20 HR THIS year. If you could measure the fight in this dog, the meter would read “Junkyard.” Blake DeWitt is a Junkyard Dog and I mean that as a compliment!