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$0.02: DH prototype Ortiz is Boston’s new Babe

Devon O'Neil

I often wonder what a future big-league designated hitter looks like when he’s little. The problem with David Ortiz, who is as prototypical a DH as there has ever been: I can’t imagine him being little.Ortiz – or “Big Papi” (pronounced “Poppy,” like the seed) – is at the helm of Boston’s drive to win the American League East right now. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder from the Dominican Republic is putting up unbelievable numbers, even for a guy who gets paid only to hit. Going into Tuesday’s action, he was batting .298 and led the league in RBIs (136), was tied for the lead in homers (44), ranked third in runs (110) and had even stolen a base.But the reasons Ortiz, who impacts only half the game because he doesn’t play in the field, will warrant serious consideration for the AL MVP award are these: He comes up big in big spots (seems like a weekly thing for him to win a game with a walkoff hit), and his teammates love him.

For the first time in 86 years, Babe Ruth’s curse is gone. And it might be no coincidence that at the same time, Boston’s fans suddenly have another star like the Bambino – large, laughing and full of life – to cheer …Champ Bailey’s interception return for a touchdown Sunday might not have saved the Broncos’ season, but it sure as heck saved them from an 0-2 start. The craziest part of that play was that Drew Brees actually audibled so he’d be able to throw a short route at Bailey’s side. And Bailey still read it …If I’m Daunte Culpepper, I’m not sleeping well at night …Did we really see USC beat an SEC team 70-17 on Saturday night? Here’s betting Arkansas’ Hog Heaven does not include an opposing backfield featuring three first-round NFL draft picks: Matt Leinart, LenDale White and Reggie Bush. And on that note, is Reggie Bush part cat? …

Can’t wait to see those Colorado Buffaloes toil with the Hurricanes in Miami this weekend. It’s been a while since Colorado really played its way into the national picture. A win on Saturday would do just that …What a shocker. NASCAR drivers are acting like babies again. Or maybe you didn’t see last weekend’s race. One driver cut off another driver, so the second guy cut off the first to get his revenge. Then a third driver ticked off a fourth, so the fourth ran out on the track and threw his helmet at the third’s car. Then they all used their respective press conferences to sophomorically condemn their enemies once again.Can you say WWF at 200 miles per hour? …

In parting, Katrina was a perfect storm. The storm of the century, in fact, with the way it hit the Gulf Coast at precisely the perfect angle and drowned an American city. But let’s not give every future storm more than it’s due, simply because of what Katrina did. To wit: National Public Radio led its news broadcast on Monday with the latest on Rita, a tropical storm with 70 mph winds. Story No. 2? North Korea’s preliminary steps to disband its nuclear weapons program.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at doneil@summitdaily.com.

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