David Ortiz starts walking to first before ball four even arrives

David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox smiles as he leaves the field in the seventh inning against the Chicago Cubs at Fenway Park on July 1, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

As one of baseball’s best hitters for most of his 18-year career, David Ortiz has developed a keen sense of when a team is trying to pitch around him. Or maybe he’s just clairvoyant. Either way, Ortiz just knew that Cubs reliever Neil Ramirez was going to throw a fourth straight pitch to him out of the strike zone. So he started leaving the batter’s box and heading to first base before Ramirez even released the ball.

A glance at the “Pitch Zone” graphic in the lower right of the video above reveals that the first three pitches were all well outside of the strike zone. And since Ortiz wasn’t going to swing at anything on a 3-0 count, why not play the percentages and take his base before the fourth pitch had a chance to land high and outside? So maybe Ortiz doesn’t have ESP. He’s just a guy who’s been around the base paths more than a few times. Or maybe…

This former editor and part-time writer at The Post is now happy to prove that if you combine 'blowhard' and 'blaggard,' you get 'blogger.' He previously had used 'Desmond Bieler' as his byline, but feels that shortening the first name to 'Des' nicely conveys his ever-decreasing gravitas. He also covers Fantasy Football.



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Des Bieler · July 1, 2014