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Ortiz: 'Little League' approach turned it around

Posted on: September 25, 2009 7:29 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2009 7:32 pm
 
NEW YORK -- David Ortiz said he knows exactly when he got his season turned around.

"When I said, '(Forget) it,'" Ortiz said Friday at Yankee Stadium. "When I played like it's Little League. I'm serious. One day, I woke up and said, 'I guess I've got nothing to lose anymore. I'm going to go to the field today and act like it's Little League.'"

Ortiz said that day, instead of doing all his normal pregame work and preparation, he just went and played the game.

"In Little League, you don't do anything," he said. "You just go and play baseball, right? At this level, it's different. You come in, get your work in, get prepared. I guess I was worried about that more than the ballgame. You want to get so ready and so prepared, and then when the game comes, there's nothing there."

Ortiz said he doesn't remember exactly when all this happened, only that it was quite a while back. Whenever it was, or whatever it was, evidently it worked.

In 92 games since June 6, going through Thursday night, Ortiz hit .266 with 25 home runs and 70 RBIs.

The "Little League" approach, as Ortiz called it, isn't all that unusual. Often when a team is slumping, a manager will call off batting practice and tell his team to cut down on pregame work and just show up at the park ready to play.
Category: MLB
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