It is funny: As we age, we tend to get somewhat mellow. That is true for most of us, anyway. Alfonso Soriano has become a little more gracious. He has always had a quick smile, but sometimes he would stand in that batter’s box a little too long after a homer and, as far as that hop before the catch, well that could have been left in the Dominican Republic.
Carrie Muskat has posted an article titled “Soriano’s healthy year brings slugger pride.”
Alfonso Soriano is 35-years-old. He is known for his hitting much more than for his defense. In fact, as bad as his defense is, I never could figure out why the Cubs spent $19 million on him. Yes, I believe it is $19 million. They could have gotten me for half that.
In any event, he has been a slugger. He normally carried a pretty good average, and then would have a lot of homers. In fact, this year is the ninth year in a row Soriano has had 20 home runs or more. Unfortunately, he is batting .256.
However, this year, as Muskat reports, Soriano is most proud of his number as far as number of games played. So far this year, he has appeared in 133 games. With 13 games to go, chances are good he will be in at least 140.
The reason that this is so important to Soriano is that he has spent a lot of time on the disabled list.
After taking off a few weeks at the close of the season, Soriano will return to the Dominican Republic. The Cubs have a training facility down there. He will work on his legs during the winter. At his age, he has had problems with his knees.
According to Muskat’s report, he benefits from some of the younger players, like Starlin Castro. That is the way it is in life, is it not?
I have always felt that a thermometer of a sports team is their older players. If they are just biding their time, then the team is not going anywhere. However, if they are still trying to grow, then something is going on.
Concerning the Cubs, I think something is going on.
Chicago Cubs’ Website, Carrie Muskat, “Soriano’s healthy year brings slugger pride”