Dogging it? Its not always a clear-cut case
Pete Rose was known as Charlie Hustle, and baseball’s all-time hit king certainly earned his nickname, playing an all-out style every day of his career. But not everyone is like Rose, and so we have had two unfortunate stories surface this week involving a lack of hustle.
In one incident, Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was caught admiring his own hit against the Yankees on Tuesday. When the ball didn’t leave the yard, he ended up being thrown out at second base, drawing criticism for not hustling out of the batter’s box.
In a far different story, Florida Marlins star Hanley Ramirez booted a ball on Monday, and was slow to chase it down. Two runs scored on the play, and Ramirez was not only pulled from the game, but was benched the following day as well after he ripped his manager and teammates.
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In both instances, players were accused of dogging it. But these are entirely different circumstances. Let’s examine the differences.